The Open Society Foundations of the financier and philanthropist George Soros has given tens of billions of dollars to civil society groups around the world, promoting democracy in some 120 countries. Now OSF is starting a new effort to build a progressive grass-roots constituency among Americans for pressing issues in foreign policy such as climate change and human rights. Greg speaks to the program’s founder Stephen Rickard about his plans and why he thinks they will succeed.


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Director, Foreign Policy Constituency Building, Open Society Foundations





Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power



The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard



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