Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is the admission price?

All ticket levels provide full access to the summit platform, resources, and all sessions from March to June 2021.

  • As of 26 April, Standard Admission is reduced to $200. Grantmakers should choose ticket option D to register. 
  • Tickets for civil society content experts (at $100 cost) must be purchased by a sponsoring funder. See details below.

What happens after I register?

To ensure summit security, all registrants will be placed on a temporary waitlist to be approved. Once approved, you will be invited to complete your registration and purchase your ticket(s). Acceptance emails will come from info@shimmeringsolidarity.org. 

Please allow up to three business days for approval from the waitlist. 

You should receive a confirmation of payment from info@shimmeringsolidarity.org. If you do not receive the receipt, contact info@shimmeringsolidarity.org and we can re-send it. Once ticketing is completed, you will receive access to the event site. 

Can I share my login with a colleague?

No. Your registration, tickets, and InEvent profile are uniquely yours. Do not share them with others, as other participants expect to interact in a safe space with known attendees.

My foundation is not a member of any of the co-sponsoring networks. May I still attend and participate?

Registration is open to all grantmakers, including public foundations and intermediary funders, private foundations, representatives of donor governments and multilaterals, and individual high net wealth donors.

In the case of NGO intermediary funders we ask organizations to limit attendance to one staff member who represents the relevant programmatic grantmaking work.

Please note that this is a private gathering, and a non-solicitation event.

Are civil society representatives invited to attend?

Civil society representatives will be able to attend as content experts. Generally, these representatives will be limited to those speaking as panelists at the invitation of sponsoring funders. In this case, panelist/speaker registration costs are expected to be supported by the inviting funder.

All tickets levels enable access to the full summit. Content expert invitees are welcome and encouraged to join programming throughout the four month summit.

How do I purchase a ticket for a non-grantmaker panelist or speaker?

We sent instructions to purchase tickets for any content experts you plan to feature in your session(s) in your session acceptance email.

After you’ve purchased your own ticket, to buy tickets for other people, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Tickets & Profile.

2. In the right-hand side column, click Buy.

3. Proceed to payment, for your non-grantmaker speakers, please select the ticket B – Sponsored Admission.

4. After your purchase, My Tickets & Profile will show these extra tickets. You can click Send invite next to a ticket to send it to its recipient. They will be asked to confirm their presence, and register.

You can also read these instructions from InEvent.

How do I purchase a ticket for a grantmaker colleague?

Through the same process as above regarding speakers but please select ticket D-Half-Price Admission.  Once you have purchased them, they will appear on your My Tickets page. From there, click Send invite to share this ticket with a colleague.

What is the summit’s time zone?

In our emails and announcements, session times are communicated in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). However, when viewing the agenda, the platform should display sessions in your own local time.

Is there a standard session time?

The standard meeting time is 2–3:30pm UTC (convert to your own timezone), however some sessions will choose alternate timing so we encourage checking the meeting agenda to confirm your schedule. 

Are there technology requirements? What’s the best way to access the site?

The best option for accessing the InEvent platform is to use the Google Chrome browser. Learn more about InEvent tech requirements and see here for some trouble-shooting recommendations.

How do I use the InEvent platform?

We’ve created a helpful video tour of the platform. Please take a look to find your way around.

As you will see, the left-hand sidebar of the InEvent summit platform includes a number of resources:

  • Home brings you to the summit virtual lobby, where you can access sessions, live updates, networking, and more.
  • My Tickets and Profile is where you can update photo, bio, and tag your interests for networking.
  • In Agenda Overview we have added a new tool to view the full agenda which can be sorted and filtered in a calendar or table view, by geography, or grantmaking issue area, and also shows dates and times, session track, and (if you view it as a table) level of expertise recommended.  This does not serve as a way to opt in or out of sessions – you’ll still need to do that in the My Agenda tab.
  • In the My Agenda tab you can view sessions by each day, pin and unpin the sessions you want to attend, and watch videos of previous sessions that have been recorded. 
  • The Participants and Speakers tab lets you see, search through, and connect with all summit attendees who choose to make their profile findable and all speakers. You can also find this list on the Virtual Lobby in the Networking area. 
  • The Hive Café tab offers a space for informal networking and group video conferencing.
  • Other tabs offer an overview of Sponsors, and an embedded view of this FAQ page.

Pinning and Unpinning Sessions

  • Most sessions will be default “pinned.” You can unpin those you don’t wish to attend and you won’t see them in “My Agenda.”
  • For sessions with limited spaces for attendees, you must opt in and claim a spot. You can see and pin those sessions from the agenda on the Home page. 
  • The filter for sessions only applies to each day, not to the full agenda. Scroll through the days to see all of the session options.

How can I see the full agenda?

The event platform agenda (My Agenda) has limited options for viewing and searching through the full list of sessions. To enable more access to review and search or sort the agenda, we have created two additional tools:

  • The new Agenda Overview tool is a new way to view the full agenda which can be sorted and filtered in a calendar or table view, by geography, or grantmaking issue area, and also shows dates and times, session track, and (if you view it as a table) level of expertise recommended.  This does not serve as a way to opt in or out of sessions – you’ll still need to do that in the My Agenda tab.
  • You can download a calendar .ics file for the full summit to add to your own calendar. These calendar events include the session title, time, short description, and the link to access the session. Note that once downloaded the calendar will not automatically update, so you’ll need to note announcements of schedule changes. My Agenda is always the most updated version if you want to double-check the schedule, and the only way to pin sessions that require opt-in. 

How can I access closed captions?

The summit sessions will be taking place through zoom links, and will all use the automatic live transcription option, which will give you the option to view transcription in a sidebar or as subtitles. Please note that unfortunately this tool does not work when Zoom goes into breakout rooms. 

Another (free) option for laptops and desktops is webcaptioner. In testing this tool, our staff found that we needed to remove headphones in order for it to pick up the other speakers on a zoom call. Another solution to accessing Zoom audio while using headphones is available here.

How can I access previously recorded sessions?

Many of the summit sessions are recorded (by permission of the speakers). These recordings are only accessible from within the InEvent summit platform. To access a video, go to the date of the session in either the Virtual Lobby agenda or within the “My Agenda” tab. If the session was recorded the session name will start with the prefix [Rec.]. From the virtual lobby, you can simply click on the session and a viewing room will open up. From the “My Agenda” tab, find the session and click the Virtual Room link next to a camera icon. This will also open up a screening room. 

In addition to the formal summit programming, there is an opportunity for any registered summit attendee to host a self-organized session. Self-organized sessions are open to all participants and will be included in the overall agenda with searchable tags. This might be a panel, discussion space, or a training opportunity, or a space to show a film or share other resources… the format is open. Please note: self-organized sessions will not be hosted or monitored by a member of the GPP team. 

If you would like to offer a session, please fill out this form at least one week in advance of the requested date.

The person submitting the session proposal will be set up as the session host. This will give you the power to start the meeting, and other host roles. Please be sure to review the next section in this FAQ for more information about session hosting and speaker details. 

  • The date options for self-organized sessions are: March 24; April 2, 14, 30; May 12, 28; June 9, 25.
  • The standard session time is 2-3:30pm UTC, but other times may be requested.  

Use Group Rooms for private group conversations

If you wish to create a private conversation, you can use the Group Rooms feature in the lobby to start a spontaneous space. Group rooms can be private to a sector, a group of people, or open to anyone interested. When you launch a group room, you can either choose to check off private or uncheck the box to be visible to all. If you choose private, simply grab the URL once you’re in the room and share it with anyone you want to invite. 

 

Who do I talk to about coordination details?

Each session is assigned a host from the summit organizing team, and your host will reach out to the session leaders about three weeks in advance of the session to check in about session needs, tech logistics, and making sure all of your speakers are registered and connected.  The host will check in about any materials you may want to upload to the event details in the agenda, whether you plan on using polls and/or breakout rooms or other tools, and whether your session may be recorded.

Sessions will be held using Zoom

Registrants will access each session* from the InEvent virtual lobby agenda. Clicking the session will automatically open a Zoom meeting link.

All session leaders and speakers must join 15 minutes early. Session leaders will be given co-hosting powers.  

*For key events including the All-Hive Days, Opening and Closing Sessions, and the Presidents Panel, speakers will receive individual invitations to the webinar model of Zoom calls and will click those links for call access. For all other sessions, speakers join by clicking the session link as described above. 

Using Zoom, all sessions will now have the tools and functions we are familiar with in that platform, including screen-sharing, breakout rooms, chat, Q&A, whiteboard, closed captions, green screen, and more.

Meeting hosts/facilitators may also share external links to tools such as Mural or Miro for interactive spaces, and tools like Mentimeter for polling. 

We encourage all session leaders to attend an InEvent orientation session with the summit team to ensure ability to make use of the full range of resources shared via the event platform.


If your session will include powerpoint slides, please download our template here. Note that there are six different “Session Title Slide” options, one for each of the tracks in the series. The other slides (labeled “main content”) will be shared across all tracks. 

Code of Conduct

[In development as of 2.25.21]

Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit contains a series of virtual events happening throughout March-June 2021. The event will bring people together across world regions, grantmaking issue areas, identities and experiences, languages, ages, and more.

We strive to ensure that all participants experience the summit as a safe, open, respectful, supporting, and empowering space, and to build a community free of intimidation, discrimination, or hostility — regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, or physical appearance. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.

The summit is hosted by Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and co-convened by Elevate Children’s Funder Group (ECFG), Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), and Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR).

By joining the Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit, participants agree to adhere to the following principles:

  1. Interact and engage respectfully. As a forum for shared learning across many different experiences and perspectives, we welcome healthy debate and respectful exchanges of ideas, including disagreements.  
  2. Be mindful of multiple lived experiences. Participants of this summit come from all over the world with widely different lived experiences. Most sessions and spaces will also include both grantmakers and representatives of civil society organizations.
  3. Use inclusive language. Pay attention to how people want to be referred to, including their pronouns (e.g., they/them, she/her, he/him). Be aware that language may be a barrier; while this summit is primarily held in English, participants’ levels of English fluency may vary. Avoid acronyms and jargon, recognizing that many attendees may also be unfamiliar with the internal references of specific grantmaking areas.
  4. Be patient. In this online meeting format, we anticipate that speakers and participants will experience varying internet and other technology speeds and qualities. It may take people longer to share content and there may be connectivity issues. Please be patient with each other and the summit through this process.
  5. Maintain the Meeting Confidentiality Agreement noted below in order to keep each other safe. Participants are joining the summit from countries across the world and discussing issues with varying degrees of risk for the people in the conversation.
  6. Challenge inappropriate or offensive behavior, including, but not limited to, harassment, bullying, verbal violence based on gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, or physical appearance. Inappropriate or offensive behavior will not be tolerated.
  7. Safeguarding: Everyone has a right to protection from harm, particularly children, young people, and adults at risk. All participants should report per the procedures below any disclosures about or signs of alleged abuse of children, youth, or adults at risk by any conference participant, staff, consultant or other person. See below for more information about engaging with youth participants. 
  8. This is a non-solicitation space, meaning that soliciting funds, contracts, or consulting clients is not permitted. The goal of this agreement is to enable grantmakers of all kinds and content experts to engage fully in building a co-learning community peer network within the summit. 

Please reach out to us at info@shimmeringsolidarity.org for any questions or feedback.

This policy is effective as of March 1, 2021 and through the full summit.

Appreciation to OutSummit, RightsCon, Ariadne, and ILGA-Europe for helpful code of conduct templates.

How we will respond to incidents or concerns

  • All session hosts will mute or remove a participant from the session in the case of harmful behavior, such as harassment or disruption.
  • At least one GPP staff member will be available in every formal session on the agenda, and participants will be able to chat with the staff member directly to alert them to an issue of concern. Staff will monitor spoken and written communication, respond to any requests, and will strive to ensure the space remains safe and respectful. GPP staff can also mute or remove a participant from the session in the case of harmful behavior. Please note that GPP will not be able to monitor self-organized sessions.
  • Additionally, if participants wish to share concerns that require less immediate response, they may reach out to to share concerns or feedback with the GPP staff at info@shimmeringsolidarity.org. In some cases, the GPP staff may share concerns with the co-convening partners for consultation.
  • If anyone responding to an incident is involved in an incident of abuse or harassment – or we identify any other conflict of interest – that team member will be recused from involvement in response to the incident.
  • GPP will investigate each case and treat the information received with full confidentiality and will strive for a proportionate response based on a thorough consideration of the content and nature of the reported incident. Ultimately, if a breach has taken place, GPP reserves the right to block participants from access to the entire summit platform without returning registration fees.
  • GPP staff and partners will not name those reporting incidents without their affirmative consent.


Exceptions to this Code of Conduct

This summit is focused on a shared response to harmful and inflammatory individuals, organizations, and movements. In describing the opposition’s activities and ideologies, the use of such language does not violate the code of conduct. We do ask that presenters and participants use care, and consider offering content warnings, where such harmful language or images will be shared, and remember that those directly harmed by the activities and ideologies we discuss are likely to be present in the conversations.

Presentation or discussion of graphic content related to sexuality or sexual activity is permissible if it meets all of the following criteria:

  1. It is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists;
  2. It is presented in a respectful manner, especially considering directly-impacted communities; and
  3. A content warning is shared in advance, so that youth participants and others may exit the session.

Meeting Confidentiality Agreement

The Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit is a private, closed meeting. In consideration of the security of all participants and presenters, we ask that you adhere to the following confidentiality agreements:

  • This meeting and the contents of meeting programming may not be shared on social or traditional media or other external communications beyond what is available on this public announcement. Please do not tweet, share updates, tag, speak about the event to the press, or otherwise broadcast details about the event. 
  • The meeting will operate under Chatham House rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor any identifying information of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Please do share your learning with other colleagues within your organization. 
  • Some sessions will be recorded by the summit organizers or session leaders, and this will be announced and the it will be visible that the session is being recorded. Participants may not record sessions.
  • Specific sessions may be open to sharing their information more widely. If so, this will be noted explicitly.

Engaging with Child and Youth Participants

There are a number of youth participants invited to attend the summit, and some sessions may have children under the age of 18. 

The safety and well-being of the young people that we work with is at the heart of our work. Please read and follow the guidance provided below to help us make this time as enjoyable and safe as possible for all participants.                       

  • Although you may be interested in young people’s lives, personal questions may make them feel uncomfortable or even upset. Please show sensitivity and respect by not asking sensitive or personal questions.
  • The youth participants come from ​different countries, each with their own culture and traditions. In some locations, there are very strict social norms around discussions or other forms of contact. Please be sensitive to this and never initiate offline meetings or other forms of contact with the young people you meet.
  • Please do not offer any money or gifts to individual young people. This could be offensive and may be open to misinterpretation. If you would like to make a contribution to their work, please contact ECFG who will connect you with the consulting team supporting them (info@elevatechildren.org).
  • Please be mindful not to share any personal details (home address, telephone number, e-mail, etc.) with the youth participants, or request theirs, as this can raise expectations of ongoing support and may be open to misinterpretation.
  • Never share any personal details that could identify the youth participants, even in private communications. This includes sharing their name or the exact location where they work.
  • Never share any personal details that could identify the Youth Session Organizers, even in private communications. This includes sharing their name or the exact location where they work.
  • If you are worried about anything relating to the youth participants or see any behavior that raises concern, please inform ECFG’s Executive Director Heather Hamilton, heather.hamilton@elevatechildren.org.  

Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit is an online event organized by the Global Philanthropy Project (‘the organizer’).

In the context of this event, the organizer will collect the following personal data from all prospective attendees: name, pronouns, email address, organization, role, areas of interest, language, accessibility requirements, and suggestions for sessions. In addition, the organizer will collect registrant postal address at the time of ticket purchase.

This collection will take place through the platform InEvent, and will be subject to InEvent’s Terms of Service.

In addition to those, the organizer informs all prospective and confirmed attendees that they may request a full list of all information the organizer holds about them; to have this information modified; or to have this information deleted. This deletion may make it impossible for the attendee to take part, or continue taking part in the summit.

The organizer will add the email addresses of confirmed attendees to its mailing list. The same terms apply if attendees wish to request, modify, or delete their information from that list.

For more information, please write to info@shimmeringsolidarity.org.

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Key Documents

Each summit session will have the opportunity to share files including research and relevant links. Below we share some key documents and resources from the GPP site relevant to the summit. We especially recommend the Resisting “Anti-Gender Ideology” resource collection

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Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, March 2021

Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, May 2020

Catholics for Human Rights, Horizons Foundation Global Faith and Equality Fund
March 2019

Resources for understanding and resisting “anti-gender ideology.”

New report: Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe (CAEE) by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Transgender Europe (TGEU).

ICNL Releases New Study on the Impact of Closing Civic Space on HIV Response.

Using family as a frame in social justice activism: A guide for activists and funders in Europe
Authors: Alice Coffin, Evelyne Paradis, Gordan Bosanac, Gráinne Healy, Julia Ehrt, Matthew Hart, Nicky McIntyre, Pav Akhtar, Peter Matjašič, Susan Treadwell
Compiled by Bruno Selun, June 2017

On “shrinking space”: a framing paper
Transnational Institute (TNI), 07 April 2017

STUDY: The Impact of International Counter-terrorism on Civil Society Organisations
Understanding the role of the Financial Action Taskforce
April 2017, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service

New regional scoping study by The Other Foundation.

The Other Foundation has commissioned studies of ten countries in southern Africa.

A collection of resources Promoting Open Space for LGBTI Civil Society.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Global Trends in NGO Law, Volume 7, Issue 2 (May 2016).

Published by Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, The International Human Rights Funders Group,
The European Foundation Centre. Visualisation by Foundation Center, 2015.

Published by Ariadne (the European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights), the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), and the European Foundation Centre (EFC), February 2016.

A Community of Democracies project funded by Sweden, 2014

ILGA Europe, Charhon Consultants, January 2015