Swift Foundation Newsletter August 2017

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Swift Foundation Newsletter August 2017

Swift is excited to announce the initial launch of our new website, new logo and a revised mission statement.

Through photos and words, the site sings about your tireless work to envision a world in which biocultural diversity and community-based resilience systems are core values.

I see paddlers, tailors, farmers and healers inspiring us on the journey forward. I am filled with gratitude when I look at the site and see the strength of this collective assembly of programs, actions, and investments.

How can you help?

Swift has designed this website with three goals in mind:

  1. highlight our grantee-partners and investments;
  2. clarify our grant and investment selection criteria, and
  3. present a more beautiful and clear picture of what Swift supports in this world.

Before our public launch in mid-September, please review the site and especially your entry, for broken links, errors, omissions, and fuzzy photos as well as any other comments or suggestions you may have.

In addition, we plan to add a photo credits section to recognize the skilled photographers who have made this website so visually inviting. Please send us the web page, a brief photo descriptor, location, and photographer as follows:

Example: Home Page: Canoe Photo, British Columbia – ┬ęBrian Huntington

Please email Karen Mehringer at support@swiftfoundation with your feedback, photo credits and suggestions.

Finally, I want to thank Alex Dziena, our web designer, Sonja Swift for her writing, Leanne Grossman for editorial review, and Karen Mehringer for her support.

In solidarity,
Jen Astone
Executive Director

Langscape – Call for Abstracts

Deadline August 10th
Theme: “Resilience and Resistance: Why the World Needs Biocultural Diversity”

Read about abstract requirements and how to submit one here.

Langscape Magazine – New Release

Through a Different Lens: The Art and Science of Biocultural Diversity
In this issue, we bridge the gap between science and the arts and explore the power of visual and verbal art to convey the idea and practice of biocultural diversity beyond what science can achieve: not just intellectually but also intuitively, in a way that appeals to our emotional intelligence. Click here to read more and order your copy.

Applications Open for 2018 UCSC Apprenticeship

Deadline August 15th
Aspiring organic farmers and gardeners are invited to apply for the 2018 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Apprenticeship is the longest running university-based organic farming training program in the U.S. Read more and apply here.

Keepers of the Earth Fund – Call for Grant Applications

Deadline August 15th
Cultural Survival, an Indigenous Peoples’ rights advocacy organization based in Cambridge, MA, publicly announced its administration of the Keepers of the Earth Fund, a small grants fund designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ advocacy and community development projects. Find out more here.

IBEX Summer 2017 Competition Applications

Deadline August 27th
The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX) offers opportunities to attend a global biocultural event/exchange or a meeting of international significance which impacts the applicants’ home territory or region. This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level. Apply here.

Sur International Journal on Human Rights – Call for Papers

Deadline September 15th
Conectas Human Rights and the Fund for Global Human Rights invites contributions in the form of articles, case studies and institutional reflections – with preference given to activist voices from the Global South – for the 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, to be published in December 2017. The special edition will focus on the responses to the crackdown on civil society currently seen – to different degrees – around the world. Learn more here.

Announcing New Book: Fertile Ground

Swift grantee partner, Groundswell International, announced the release of their new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. For more information and to order your copy, click here.

All The Best!

Karen Mehringer
Executive Assistant & Grants Administrator
Swift Foundation

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