A strategic plan for the future
Throughout the past months a thorough critical analysis of the Foundation’s operations and rationale was underway as part of an exercise to help the Foundation continue to thrive and flourish. A broad-based questionnaire, of which you can find a summary of its results on the next page, was part of this exercise.
Since its establishment in 2012, the Foundation has mostly concentrated on organising public activities which could be relied upon for their quality and consistency. The activities mainly consisted of monthly public talks in Malta and Gozo, short courses and a tri-annual magazine. However, though the Foundation consistently had a number of members, at times reaching a maximum of about a hundred, these were generally not directly involved in decision making processes, which were mostly confined to elected Steering Teams in Malta and Gozo.
Though useful for the launching and stabilisation of the Foundation within the local public educational sphere, this structure and mode of operation kept its members more or less structurally marginalised. It also seemed to hamper recruitment due to lack of membership incentives and benefits.
The Strategic Plan which is put together, and which makes projections for 2018–20, intends to bring about a structural change which should enhance members’ tactical importance by placing them at the very core of the organisation’s operations. In this way, it is hoped that this new perspective would eventually transform the Foundation from an activity-based organisation, as it has been up till now, to one which is member-based and member-driven.
The Plan will be brought before the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting for approval in February 2018.
To download the Plan, click here (PDF format).
PHILOSOPHY SHARING is a registered foundation. It was established by public deed on 21 May 2012, and it operates on a national basis. The original idea came from Professor Peter Serracino Inglott (1936-2012), a renowned Maltese philosopher who, back in the seventies, had revolutionised the study of philosophy in Malta. Serracino Inglott envisaged the organisation as an open space for philosophical discussion and learning which is accessible to the general public. Though the idea had been extensively discussed in private with Serracino Inglott, the first steps towards the establishment of the foundation were only begun after his unexpected death. These first steps were taken in March 2012 by a select group of philosophy academics and enthusiasts who came together to draw up the foundation's Constitution. After working together for two months, they brought their labour to fruition by legally establishing the organisation. A month later, following much internal work, the first activity was held. From then onwards, activities continued to be held regularly.
An extract of Philosophy Sharing’s Constitution
can be accessed by clicking here (PDF format).
Philosophy Sharing Foundation is registered with the Commission for Voluntary Organisation (VO-0679) and, for the purposes of Maltese law, it is to be considered as a Legal Person (LPF-85).
To become a member of Philosophy Sharing fill in the details below and click on Send Message. We will contact you and tell you how to pay the EUR 10 fee.
Malta Steering Committee 2017/20
• Dr Max Cassar, Director
• Dr Mark Montebello, Secretary
• Ivan Attard, Treasurer
• Mario Sciberras, Publications
• Cynthia Amato, Gozo Liaison
• Ian Rizzo, Memberships
• Franz-Henry Gauci, Courses
• Luke Sciberras, Public talks
Gozo Steering Committee 2017/20
Marta Oblios Fornell, Chairperson
Grace Vella Refalo, Assist. Chairperson, Talks
Louise Sultana, Secretary
Marc Delannoy, Treasurer
Manuel Xuereb, Media
Diana Gomez, Memberships
Frank Masini Vento, Venues