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.

Intersticia UK is a Company registered in the United Kingdom (currently applying for Charitable Status)

We reach out and operate globally.

How we work

Either on our own or in partnership with other like-minded organisations we support:

  • initiatives which focus on supporting individuals who then give back to their communities in the broadest sense
  • opportunities 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 which will have a benefit for Humankind

The Intersticia Foundation Australia is governed by our Board:

Intersticia UK is governed by our Board:

Values

We underpin all of our activities with the values of authenticity, integrity, persistence, courage and grace.  We take inspiration from the International Committee of the Red Cross in terms of the fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence and universality.

In all we do we are Explorers who willingly enter the interstice in order to experiment, create and learn, and from thereon lead towards a better future.

The Intersticia Fellowship

In 1949 the Aspen Institute was founded in order to create a “place for thinkers, leaders, artists, and musicians from all over the world to step away from their daily routines and reflect on the underlying values of society and culture.”

In 2007, realising that Silicon Valley was on its way to become the growth engine of the 21st Century, two Aspen facilitators created “The Good Life as a transplant of Aspen in to Northern California (see Co-Founder John O’Neil explain).

Anni Rowland-Campbell has been privileged to participate in a number of Good Life Seminars, and in 2013 John challenged Anni to create a Fellowship – a group of people whom she could support as emerging leaders for the digital age who shared her values, aspirations and interests. With this the Intersticia Fellowship was born.

Our Fellows come from all walks of life and our goal is to help them lead Humanity through the challenges of the Twenty First Century.

Intersticia Fellowship Retreat

Every five years we will 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 Retreat will be held at Goodenough College, London from 25th June to 30th June, 2018.

Rowland Scholarship

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

Rowland Scholarship

Intersticia 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 was the first such scholarship at Goodenough made possible through the generosity of an alumna or alumnus, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.  The Scholarship seeks to support individuals who are undertaking post-graduate academic education whilst living in London, England.

Scholars are selected based on the following criteria:

  • The individual’s leadership potential in the applicant’s chosen field
  • The individual’s own self-awareness of their leadership potential combined with the challenges and opportunities that the Goodenough will present
  • The individual’s potential to contribute to the College and Goodenough community during their stay in London
  • The individual’s willingness to also contribute their own expenses, together with other means of support, through personal savings, family contributions and other resources. We do not tend to support individuals who already have other scholarships or funding in place towards living expenses.
  • The individual’s openness to embrace the values of Intersticia and its aspirations.

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 has completed her Masters of Research in Brain Science at University College, London.  She is now working as a researcher in London prior to commencing a career in medicine.

2017 – 2018:  Osheen Arora has worked in a range of companies in New Delhi, India, and has just completed a Masters at the LSE.  She is now undertaking a Masters in Management at the London Business School.  Her long term goal is to do management consulting for the 51 million micro, small and medium businesses in India.

For more information please visit the College Website

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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

In 2017 Intersticia has deepened its partnership with Bell Shakespeare through supporting work to create a range of teaching and educational resources for students and teachers around Australia to be delivered in to remote area schools, Juvenile Justice and Prisons, indigenous communities, and places of disadvantage.  Through this we supported Intersticia Fellow (2017) Teresa Jakovich is an actor, writer, director and arts educator who mentors students and teachers nationwide in understanding Shakespeare’s works, building confidence through performance skills and improving literacy. She completed her Masters in English in 2015, currently lectures in Theatre Studies and Shakespeare and is a resident artist at Bell Shakespeare.

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”)

Intersticia funds the Doughton Scholarship for Women in Science.   The scholarship is available to a 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 selection criteria are based on the following:

  • The individual’s leadership potential in the world of Science and Science Policy
  • The individual’s own self-awareness of their leadership potential
  • The individual’s potential to contribute to their local communities through educational outreach and working with schools
  • The individual’s willingness to also contribute their own expenses, together with other means of support, through personal savings, family contributions and other resources. We do not tend to support individuals who already have other scholarships or funding in place towards living expenses.
  • The individual’s openness to embrace the values of Intersticia and its aspirations.

Our first Doughton Scholar is:

2016 – 2018:  Berivan Esen is studying for a PhD at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Berivan is a planetary scientist interested in the search for life (or its remains) on Mars, in particular for the upcoming European mission to Mars, ExoMars. This video gives a wonderful introduction to Berivan.  This is another more recent video of Berivan introducing her PhD project.

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Berivan Esen and Anni Rowland-Campbell

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.

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.

We find potential scholars through our networks, which include Goodenough College and other initiatives which we increasingly become aware of.

Our selection criteria are based on the following:

  • The individual’s leadership potential
  • The individual’s own self-awareness of their leadership potential
  • The individual’s potential to contribute to the broader community through social enterprise, community action or educational activities
  • The individual’s willingness to also contribute their own expenses, together with other means of support, through personal savings, family contributions and other resources. We do not tend to support individuals who already have other scholarships or funding in place towards living expenses.
  • The individual’s openness to embrace the values of Intersticia and its aspirations.

Our Leadership Scholars are:

2016 – 2017:  Negar Tayyar has worked in 20 projects in nine countries for UN agencies, governments, bilateral donors, implementing agencies, international NGOs. She currently manages the ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Educating for Humanity on the Move’ which supports  ‘people on the move’ (an umbrella term for refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and internally displaced people) to help them find meaning, connection and belonging after the trauma of leaving their homeland.  In September 2017 Negar completed Leadership for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School.

2017 – 2018:  Nick Byrne is an entrepreneur who advises organisations about Digital Identity.  He has recently launched a social enterprise Type Human which seeks to help organisations explore the potential of blockchain and the emerging web 3.0.  Nick will use his fellowship to explore how technology is empowering, or disempowering, workers and what hope is there for the future.
2017 – 2018:  Bel Campbell is a designer who works across both the digital (graphics) and physical (sculpture) worlds.  For the past two years she has been helping to develop both  Brave Conversations and Future Worlds Challenge.

Digital Transformation in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital

As part of our work in the “digital” space we work with ThinkNPC to support their work around “Digital Transformation” of the UK Charity and Philanthropy sector.

This work consists of 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 have been a member of their 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 which seek to work with current Trustees and Board Members to help raise digital literacy and technology awareness, details of which can be found here.

Brave Conversations – Canberra, April 10 and 11, 2017

In 2017 Intersticia presented the first Web Science Australia conference, details of which can ber found at www.braveconversations.org.

Brave Conversations will be held in London on June 11th and 12th, 2018.

Future Worlds Challenge

Following on from Brave Conversations a small group of people decided to develop a programme for senior school students.  This is now being piloted in various locations around the world and informs both shorter and longer programmes for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

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

Intersticia UK
Registered Company Number: 11185197
10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE
Email: anni@intersticia.com