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Immersion Journey to Glasgow

Date: Nov 06, 2023 - Nov 08, 2023

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Immersion Journey to Glasgow Register

November 6, 2023 November 8, 2023 UTC+0

In 2005, Glasgow was labelled as the “murder capital of Europe.” Just over a decade later, the Washington Post called it a “model” for community development and crime reduction. Delegations have been sent from the New Zealand, Canada, and London to learn what has been working, and philanthropists in the US are supporting similar approaches to reduce violence and unlock public funding.

Join this in-person TPW Immersion Journey in Glasgow, Scotland, from 6-8 November, to learn about what works for holistic community development. This Journey will cover a range of interconnected social challenges, including poverty, mental health and addiction, crime and violence, refugee integration, social care and stigma and social exclusion. Participants will learn how, rather than tackling these challenges in isolation, funders can contribute to holistic solutions for individuals, families and communities. The Journey will focus on how funders, Government, civil society and community leaders with lived experience can work together to influence change at a systemic level, and how funders can elevate voices from the grass roots to influence public policy. This Journey is a good fit for any funder interested in learning about how they can support systemic change, while aligning with principles of democracy and proximity.

On the afternoon of Day 1 (Monday November 6) we will gather for an opening lunch (location tbc), before joining some afternoon sessions introducing the political and social context in Glasgow. Participants will also have the option of participating in a pre-programme social activity, with details to be confirmed. On Day 2 (Tuesday November 7), we will conduct site visits to community-led initiatives, before participating in a discussion on how funders can elevate the voices of community voices and engage powerful stakeholders to help drive systemic change. We will conclude the day with a chance to meet Scottish philanthropists and bond over a whisky-tasting session, hosted by a Scottish Forward Global Member. On Day 3 (Wednesday November 8), we will hold a final discussion and debrief, before closing the programme with a private lunch.

Exact timings are to be confirmed but will allow enough time for participants based in London to arrive by train on the Monday morning, and return by train on Wednesday afternoon.

The objectives of this programme include:

to better understand the intersections between poverty, mental health, and social justice;

to better understand how funders can elevate community voices to support systemic change;

to practice essential skills for due diligence, including understanding an organisation’s strategy and approach

to deepen and build new strategic connections; and

to leave with actionable next steps.

Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. This programme will be led by Forward Global’s Managing Director for Europe, Marylou Gourlay. To read more about some of the challenges we will explore in Glasgow, please click here. For any questions, please reach out to