I’m delighted to announce that today the Governance & Citizen Engagement (GCE) initiative at Omidyar Network officially becomes Luminate: an independent organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies – www.luminategroup.com.
Over the past ten years, Omidyar Network has enabled our work to innovate and thrive. We’ve built a team with deep expertise and have supported more than 200 organisations in 18 countries. Now, we’ve taken the experience and capabilities developed over our first decade and shaped them into a new organisation designed for the next-generation of opportunities and challenges.
Our mission as Luminate is to empower people and improve lives; to ensure people have the opportunity to participate in and influence the issues affecting their societies; and to make government, corporations, media, and those in positions of power more responsive and more accountable.
We will pursue these aims in close partnership with existing and new investees. We will continue to work very closely with Omidyar Network and other philanthropic organisations to achieve greater impact together. Our funding will be provided by the Chair of our new board, Pierre Omidyar, and we will remain part of The Omidyar Group.
Our evolution to become Luminate has been driven by two critical factors. First, the need to respond robustly to the complex and connected issues we’re all seeing emerge in the current political and social environment. Second, the changing needs of our investees as they work to achieve greater impact, often in the face of fast-moving and sometimes unpredictable challenges.
In response we’re now:
Expanding our activity within our four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media.
Tailoring funding and support to each investee, to help them thrive and enhance their effectiveness.
Raising our voice to become more outspoken on the issues we care about.
Aiming to become more agile in our response to changing conditions, from how we work together as teams to the models we explore and deploy.
We’ll also be placing a greater emphasis on new approaches in Policy & Advocacy, Storytelling, and Strategic Litigation, and we’ll become more operational to reflect these new priorities.
In India we will continue to work directly with Omidyar Network on all investments and partnerships connected to our four impact areas. The changes we are making won’t affect any of our existing commitments, and the portfolio connected to these impact areas will continue to be managed by Omidyar Network India’s GCE initiative led by Bharath and Apoorva, which will be ultimately overseen by Roopa Kudva.
Please do feel free to share this news with your networks and social channels. I have attached some social media content that you might find useful as a starting point.
The team here is excited by the opportunities ahead, and we look forward to telling you more about Luminate. In the meantime, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Partner, Omidyar Network and Managing Director, Omidyar Network India Advisors
Our mailing address is:
36-38 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8EB