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

Greetings! This FAQ is in development and more details will be added leading up to March 1, including short videos. Check back for more information and reach out at info@shimmeringsolidarity.org if there are questions not yet addressed here.

Click the + or – signs to open and close each section in the FAQ below. Thank you. 

What is the admission price?

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

  • Standard admission: $400
  • Members of ECFG, FICS, PAWHR, and PSFG: $340 (15% discount)
  • Members of GPP: $300 (25% discount)
  • Admission for a content expert from civil society*: $100

* Tickets for civil society content experts 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 purchase your ticket(s). Acceptance emails will come from info@shimmeringsolidarity.org and will be titled “Your registration is approved! Here is how to purchase tickets.”

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.

I’m registered! How do I purchase a ticket for myself?

After your registration has been accepted, you will need to purchase a ticket. To do this:

1. Open My Tickets & Profile.

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

3. Fill in the information and proceed to payment.

Once we have received your payment, you will be able to access the summit space when it goes live in March.

You should receive an automatic payment receipt from GPP’s fiscal sponsor Community Initiatives, via the payment processor Stripe. If you do not receive the receipt, contact info@shimmeringsolidarity.org and we can re-send it. 

How do I purchase a ticket for someone else (e.g. a speaker)?

Once your session has been approved, we will send you an email with instructions to purchase a ticket for any content experts you plan to feature in your session(s).

To buy tickets for other people, please follow the exact same steps above. You may purchase multiple tickets at once. For your speakers, please select the ticket B – Sponsored Admission.

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. If they aren’t yet registered, they will have to do so.

You can also read these instructions from InEvent.

How do I purchase a ticket for a colleague?

In the same process as above regarding speakers. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a link to purchase your ticket. The same page will allow you to purchase extra tickets for colleagues. 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 the My Agenda tab you can pin and unpin the sessions you want to attend, or again use the filtering option to find sessions you’d like to check out. 

  • 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 applies to each day, not to the full agenda. Scroll through the days to see all of the session options.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What are the options for how to interact with others in this event?

  1. Attend sessions, accessed through the summit agenda. This includes the formal session track as well as any self-organized sessions. Within sessions you can use the chat, ask questions, and access shared files. Depending on the session format, you may also speak directly if enabled by the host. 
  2. Visit the meeting space known as the Hive Café. In this space, when you move your avatar close to others, you can enter video conversations together. This can be useful for spontaneous group conversations and networking. 
  3. Set up one-to-one conversations through the chat or invitation functions with other participants, and through the networking space in the lobby. 

In addition to the formal summit programming, there is an opportunity for any registered summit attendee to host a self-organized session. 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. Self-organized sessions will be listed on the overall meeting agenda and can include tags to be searchable by geography or interest area.  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 general topic self-organized sessions are: March 24; April 2, 14, 30; May 12, 28; June 9, 25.
  • For regionally focused self-organized sessions, the following dates are encouraged:
    • June 15: Latin America and the Caribbean
    • June 17: Asia and the Pacific
    • June 17: Global North
    • June 22: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
    • June 24: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Russia
  • The standard session time is 2-3:30pm UTC, but other times may be requested.  

We encourage all session leaders to attend an InEvent orientation session with the summit team.


Screensharing and other facilitation tools:

All sessions have built-in technology giving the option of screen sharing, sidebar chat with ability to pin comments, collecting questions, and sharing files. There is also a built-in way to go into breakout rooms.

Note that InEvent does not offer some of the tools people are used to in meeting platforms like Zoom, such as a built in whiteboard, and the polling function has some unresolved issues. Instead, meeting hosts/facilitators can share external links to tools such as Mural or Miro for whiteboard or other interactive spaces, and tools like Mentimeter for polling. InEvent does not include a greenscreen video background option. 

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. 

 

Speaker technology:

Use this link to test your connection.

Please note that the Chrome browser is strongly recommended for speakers and session hosts. Additionally, if you are a speaker we recommend turning off your VPN while you present, as it may cause connection issues. See this trouble-shooting guide from InEvent for more information.


Additionally, here are a number of go-to links from the InEvent help resource which will be useful references. 

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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.

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

  • All
  • Featured
  • GPP Research
  • Member Research
  • Reference List
  • Uncategorized

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