The mission of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship is to forge bridges between minority communities in Europe and North America. Historically, the focus began with Jewish and Muslim communities. Over time, the Fellowship grew to include fellows from all walks of life.
This Fellowship has built a network of entrepreneurs and community leaders invested in empowering pluralistic societies, in nurturing wisdom, and in collaborative leadership.
The AdR Fellowship began as a forerunner in predictive disruption by realizing that existing frameworks of interfaith activities could not bring their desired impact to scale. Our model combines entrepreneurship with advocates of social sciences who know that doing business and doing good go hand in hand. It helps its fellows learn how to navigate uncertainty, act on future trends, and contribute to the emergence of a new economic paradigm.
We acknowledge that the challenge may not ultimately lie in people’s propensity to change, but in their ability to adapt to the pace the world requires.
-Ariane de Rothschild
Since its inception in 2009, the AdR Fellowship has been passionately committed to diversity, the promotion of cross-cultural and religious understanding, and respect for human dignity. In a world where divisive forces polarize people and communities, these values are increasingly more urgent and vital.
There does exist a certain number of interfaith initiatives, yet they fail to address interreligious and cross-cultural relations from a social innovation and business-driven perspective. We strongly believe that entrepreneurs and social innovators can make a significant impact on their environment and in bridging communities.
An AdR Fellow is a visionary leader who challenges retrenchment and fear of the ‘Other.’ He or she endeavors to make a real impact through developing innovative solutions as well as promoting inclusive collaboration.
What the Fellowship is about
- Doing business and doing good while driving revenue and sustainability
- Respecting, harnessing, and activating differences
- Keeping human dignity sacred
- Disruption as true transformation can only happen with boldness, discomfort, and risk
- Recognizing that things that divide us can also unite us