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Philanthropy and the Digital Public Dialogue

On April 30, 2012, the Center for Digital Information convened communication scholars, internet experts and foundation executives to discuss the changing technology and communication environment in which foundations operate.


  1. "Philanthropy and the Digital Public Dialogue: Challenges and New Opportunities" took place as part of the Council on Foundations annual conference in Los Angeles on April 30, 2012. The discussion group included Ernest James Wilson III, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California; Michael Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project; Marta Tellado, Vice President, Communications, Ford Foundation; Debra Jacobs, President and CEO, The Patterson Foundation; Matt James, President and CEO, The Center for the Next Generation; Michael Smith, Senior Vice President, Social Innovation, The Case Foundation; Mayur Patel, Vice President, Strategy and Assessment, Knight Foundation; Mary Lou Fulton, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment; and Jeff Stanger, Director the Center for Digital Information. Geoffrey Cowan, President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands moderated the session. The event was live streamed. An archive of the video will be available soon.
  2. Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project gave a data briefing entitled "The New Environment for Foundations" in which is detailed several phases of the digital revolution and identified "where the puck is moving" for the audience of approximately 150 conference attendees. Lee's slides are online:
  3. A selection of tweets from the discussion that followed: