Foundation

“Philanthropy, in the end, is about sharing.” – Harold Mitchell

“The role of philanthropy is to do the very tough things. The easy stuff can be solved by government and others.” – Bill Gates

Our Vision

Intersticia helps to create the space for people to imagine

Our Mission

We are creating a Fellowship of individuals who share the common vision of caring for our World and all who live in it

Who we are

The Intersticia Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund registered in Australia.

We reach out and operate globally.

How we work

In partnership with other like-minded organisations we support:

  • new projects which focus on supporting individuals who then give back to their communities in the broadest sense
  • projects which enable us to identify and partner with other organisations who have similar values and philosophies
  • projects which others may not initially see the benefit in supporting, but where we can see the importance of imagination to create new and innovative outcomes

The Intersticia Foundation is governed by our Board:

Values

The values we aspire to are those of authenticity, integrity, persistence, courage and grace.  We look for these in our Fellows, the partners we choose, and any projects we support.

Core projects

Rowland Scholarship

Education is the ability to see the hidden connections.  (Vaclav Havel)

Rowland Scholarship

The Intersticia Foundation funds the Rowland Scholarship at Goodenough College, London. The scholarship is awarded to a student undertaking a one-year Masters programme at a University in London who has applied to live at the College but needs some financial assistance in order to do so.

The Rowland Scholarship is the first such scholarship made possible through the generosity of an alumna or alumnus, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.

Our Scholars are:

2013 – 2014:  Dr Lionel Nizigama studied Medicine in Burundi and completed an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Lionel is now working with the World Health Organization in Maputo-Mozambique.

2014 – 2015:  Hamish Laing studied Engineering in New Zealand and completed his MSc in Sustainable Engineering at Imperial College, London.  Hamish is passionate about sustainability and climate change, and in 2015 Hamish attended the Climate Talks in Paris, which he tracked via a live Google Doc.   Hamish is currently working at Ameresco in London as an Energy Analyst where he works to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions for large energy users. Looking forward, Hamish hopes to hone his skills in the Energy Industry and increase education around the risks of climate change. In his spare time Hamish likes to spend time being active in the outdoors whether it be hiking, cycling, climbing or skiing.

2015 – 2016:  Ignacio de Solminihac is a Chilean lawyer and completed his MA in History at University College London.  He is currently a Research Assistant to UCL’s Professor Nicola Miller, on Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship project regarding the history of nation-building knowledge in Latin America.  He also lectures on Law History and is a Research Fellow on a Chilean twentieth-century history project at two universities in Chile.

2016 – 2017:  Britta Gustavson worked at the Montreal Neurological Institute and is now studying for a Masters of Research in Brain Science at University College, London

For more information please visit the College Website or contact Mark Lewis, Director Alumni Relations.

 

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Hamish Laing, our second Rowland Scholar at Goodenough College, with Mark Lewis, Goodenough Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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Ignacio and Josefina de Solminihac in London as they begin their year at Goodenough College

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Britta Gustavson with Goodenough College Director Andrew Ritchie

Writer’s Fellowship with Bell Shakespeare

What a piece of work is man!  How noble in reason!  How infinite in faculty!  In form and moving how express and admirable!

In action how like an angel!  In apprehension how like a god!  The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!

And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?  Man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.  (Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Act II, Scene II)

The work of Shakespeare never ceases to amaze and inspire and it strikes at the heart of what it is to be human – vulnerable, dangerous, and yet so capable of creating beauty.

Since 2015 we have been working with Bell Shakespeare to support the Writers Fellowship.  This project provides a mid-career Writing Fellow with two days a week of employment with the Company for up to two years, giving them the time to focus wholly on their writing and benefit from desk-space and the practical resources offered within a major performing arts organisation.  It also creates a mentoring environment as successive Fellows come on board over time.

In other words, it gives them the space to imagine.

Our first Bell Shakespeare Writing Fellow is Kate Mulvany (2015 – 2016) an award-winning actor, playwright, dramaturg, screenwriter and writing mentor, who has previously appeared in Bell Shakespeare productions of Tartuffe, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.  Her plays include Masquerade, Medea and The Seed.  Kate has also recently won the Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Award and appeared in her adaption of Jasper Jones at Belvoir StreetKate has written a lovely piece about her experience with Bell.

Our second Bell Shakespeare Writing Fellow is Jada Alberts (2016 – 2017) a young writer who won the Balnaves Indigenous Playwright Award at Belvoir.  Jada is an accomplished musician and painter of contemporary indigenous art.

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Bell Shakespeare Writers and Intersticia Fellows Jada Alberts and Kate Mulvany

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The Intersticia Board with our Bell Writers Kate Mulvany and Jada Alberts

The Doughton Scholarship for Women in Science

(Science and) Technology is humanity’s accelerant. Because of technology everything we make is always in the process of becoming. Processes—the engines of flux—are now more important than products. … Our greatest invention in the past 200 years was not a particular gadget or tool but the invention of the scientific process itself.  (Kevin Kelly, “The Inevitable”)

The Intersticia Foundation funds the Doughton Scholarship for Women in Science.   The scholarship is available to any woman from any country who wishes to pursue and apply their knowledge and understanding of the natural, social and virtual worlds following a systematic methodology based on evidence.  The Scholarship can be used to improve their knowledge and skills, experience in working within, or teaching, Scientific knowledge, and demonstrate a strong desire to promote the teaching and pursuit of a career in science to women.

Our first Doughton Scholar is:

2016 – 2017:  Berivan Esen.  Berivan is studying for a PhD at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.  Berivan is “Investigating organic matter in extreme environments; arid zone soils, rock varnishes and Mars analogues. Developing and testing new instrumentation to detect life (or its remains) on planetary surfaces. ”  A video which describes how Berivan developed her love of science and interest in space research can be found here.

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The Intersticia Leadership Scholarship

“A leader is one who takes the hardship of finding a better way of doing things for the common good and then selflessly shares the knowledge with others by guiding them on that path.” – Avijit Dutta

The Intersticia Scholarship for Leadership seeks to support individuals who recognise and are ready to take the next step in their own personal leadership development.

Individuals should seek to utilise the Intersticia Scholarship to improve their knowledge, skills, and experience in working with organisations which themselves are seeking to enoble, empower and enable others to proactively better their lives.

Our first Leadership Scholar is:

2016 – 2017:  Negar Tayyar.  Negar works with the Global Whole Being Fund educating for People on the Move.  She intends to undertake an Executive Leadership Course at Harvard Kennedy School in 2017.

Intersticia Fellowship Retreat

All of our Scholarship recipients become members of the Intersticia Fellowship.  Every five years we bring our Fellows together from wherever they are in the world to connect, learn and explore how they can collaborate and connect to enhance and expand the impact of their work.

Our first Leadership Workshop will be held at Goodenough College, London from 25th June to 1st July, 2018.

Digital Transformation in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital

As part of our work in the “digital” space we are now working with ThinkNPC supporting their “Digital Transformation” project.

This work is being done in 3 Phases:

  • Phase 1 – Making the case for digital transformation and building a community of interest
  • Phase 2 – Identifying the most promising opportunities through in-depth research
  • Phase 3 – Practical implementation in selected focus areas

We are contributing as part of the Steering Group as well as linking this work in with the broader Web Science agenda and the work of the Web Science Trust.

A key component of this is our “Digitally Savvy” workshops, details of which can be found here.

Brave Conversations Conference – Canberra, April 10 and 11, 2017

In 2017 Intersticia will present the first Web Science Australia conference.  Details can be found at www.braveconversations.org.

Previous Projects

Laramie at Zenith 2013

Laramie at Zenith 2013

In March 2012 a group of remarkably brave and free-thinking students came together to perform The Laramie Project as their Year 11 school production and, not only was it an acclaimed success, but it proved to be a life-changing experience for them all.

The play was, for all of them, a lesson in the enduring power of theatre to change perspectives and ask questions of us, not just as audience members, but as people.

The director and cast were struck by the way in which this play brings together so many achingly human stories to form one truth.

In November 2013, the Intersticia Foundation proudly supported this same group in a return of their production of The Laramie Project speaking to a broader audience, and, for many, enjoying their first experience on a professional stage.

Laramie website

What we don’t support

Examples of areas the foundation does not fund:

  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes

Contact

Intersticia Foundation
Intersticia Foundation Pty Ltd
ABN: 70 164 931 033
P.O. Box 1051, Crows Nest, NSW 2065 Australia
Email: anni@intersticia.com