While the concept of participatory grantmaking is gaining ground, not all philanthropic institutions have understood the importance of putting the communities they are seeking to support in control of strategy and funding decisions. Few are shifting their entire structures to put people with lived experience in power.

New insights into Collective Intelligence shed light on possible new approaches to work with target audiences to better address public challenges, as well as shift power, resources and decision-making to people who are usually marginalized from all of this.


Stephen Boucher, Founder of Smarter Together, CEO of Dreamocracy, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intelligence for Democracy and Governance

Diana Samarasan, Founder of the Disability Rights Fund, pioneer of participatory grantmaking

Dennis Arends, Senior Analyst in charge of Strategy and Learning at the Porticus Foundation

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