Idea Piece for the Global Planning Table: The Global Jewish Creativity Initiative

By Steven M. Cohen

July 2012

This is the author's draft version of an idea piece for the JFNA Global Planning Table. Cohen notes that our culture has seen a shift from large collective enterprise to individual initiative. But the same forces have helped propel new forms of individually initiated action, resulting in a burst of new Jewish creativity and new Jewish creators. Cohen envisions a Global Network of Colonies of Jewish Creativity, and a Global Jewish Cyber-Laboratory, as ways ways to nourish and flourish worldwide sources of Jewish creativity working to adapt Jewish life to current opportunities and challenges.

The Jewish Federations of North America established the Global Planning Table (GPT) as a venue for lay leaders and professionals from around the U.S. to grapple with the challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish world, establish priorities for Federations' work, monitor and report on the results of global investments, and continuously build and improve the work that JFNA does on behalf of Jewish communities around the U.S. During March 2012, the GPT Committee invited a group of respected leaders and thinkers in the Jewish community to share their ideas about what they thought were the important Jewish issues that could be significantly influenced by philanthropic intervention if the Jewish community could devote sufficient resources on a large scale, and what types of interventions would be most effective.

Topic: Innovation, Jewish Federations, Artistic Expression, Culture, Change, Jewish Organizations, Future

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