ISLANDS SOCIETY
PO BOX 22290
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SC 29925-2290
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO BOX 22290
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 299252290
Telephone (843) 271 6891
E-mail marcom@islandssociety.org
Projected Annual Revenue $12,000.00 (2015)
Mission Statement
The mission of the Islands Society is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to bring about positive changes in their local communities. We do so by:
  • Developing and implementing programs that provide women, minorities, and the next generation of leaders from island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure to realize their full potential;
  • Developing and distributing innovative foreign affairs, public diplomacy, cultural relations, and climate change policies that build on the expertise and experience of our staff and advisors while respecting the vision and values of our organization;
  • Developing and implementing programs that strengthen the impact and credibility of individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities in foreign affairs, cultural relations, and climate change debates;
  • Developing and implementing programs that encourage individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities to develop creative solutions for reducing greenhouse gases and mitigating climate change;
  • Developing and implementing programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities to more fully participate in debates on foreign affairs, cultural relations, and climate change;
  • Developing and implementing programs that promote ethical leadership in island communities across all levels of society.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Michael Edward Walsh
Board Chair Michael Edward Walsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of London
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
NameYear
EMERGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CENTRE INC2015
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Statements
Mission
The mission of the Islands Society is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to bring about positive changes in their local communities. We do so by:
  • Developing and implementing programs that provide women, minorities, and the next generation of leaders from island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure to realize their full potential;
  • Developing and distributing innovative foreign affairs, public diplomacy, cultural relations, and climate change policies that build on the expertise and experience of our staff and advisors while respecting the vision and values of our organization;
  • Developing and implementing programs that strengthen the impact and credibility of individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities in foreign affairs, cultural relations, and climate change debates;
  • Developing and implementing programs that encourage individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities to develop creative solutions for reducing greenhouse gases and mitigating climate change;
  • Developing and implementing programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from island communities to more fully participate in debates on foreign affairs, cultural relations, and climate change;
  • Developing and implementing programs that promote ethical leadership in island communities across all levels of society.
Background The Islands Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by private sources. We receive monetary and in-kind support from a variety of individuals and organizations. This includes our dedicated volunteers and practitioners. They donate their time and talents to help us develop and implement programs that inspire and empower islanders around the world to participate in foreign affairs. Without their support, we could not fulfill our mission. In September 2015, our organization finalized our 501(c)(3) status. We are now able to receive tax-exempt donations. We now plan to dramatically expand our services on Hilton Head Island and beyond.
Impact
2014-2015 Accomplishments
  • Our programs received public endorsements from two members of Congress.
  • 100% of the participants in our next generation policymaker programs secured meaningful employment at the conclusion of the program, including jobs and internships with Boston Consulting Group, British Council, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Participants in our women and next generation leader programs and speakers in our ambassador speaking series were featured in over a dozen newspapers, magazines, think tank reports, and other publications worldwide.
  • In Q3/2015, our website was accessed by users in 91 countries (Google Analytics) and our social media footprint was larger than any other think tank in the Southeast, with 4,000 aggregate Likes for our Facebook pages. In terms of cities, Hilton Head Island is now our third largest website user group.
  • In 2014 and 2015, our organization finalized new partnerships with the US Department of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan), Foreign Commonwealth Office (UK), University of London, and Georgetown University.
  • In 2015, our organization became a member of the working group whose mission is to re-establish the Beaufort County Community Relations Council.
 
2016 Goals 
  • $ in donations, grants, and contracts: $550,000
  • # of website visitors: 80,000
  • # Facebook Page Likes (All pages): 10,000
  • # policy briefs: 2 per staff/year
  • # program participants (Hilton Head Island/Rest of World): 20/60
  • # top tier press and policy citations/quotations: 80
  • 2016 NexGen Policymakers: 100% Employment
  • 2016 Local Female Leaders (Hilton Head Island/Rest of World): 6/28
Needs
In general, island communities  face specific challenges (e.g., climate change; youth education; gender inequality) that undermine their ability to realize their full potential. Moreover, they often lack the knowledge, skills, exposure, and networks required to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements. This is especially the case for women, minorities, veterans, and next generation leaders. Our orgnizations therefore develops and implements programs that inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to bring about positive changes in their communities. To support these programs, we require funding from public and private sources:
 
Core Requirements 
  • Overhead: $17,000
  • Local Female Leaders:  $33,000
  • Next Generation Artists: $42,000
  • Next Generation Policymakers: $33,000
  • Islands in the Classroom: $82,000
  • Emerging Leaders: $27,000
  • Local Veteran Leaders: $41,000
Local Requirements
  • Next Generation Artists (Hilton Head): $3,100
  • Next Generation Policymakers (Hilton Head): $12,000
  • Local Female Leaders (Hilton Head): $6,200
  • Emerging Leaders (Lowcountry): $5,300
  • Local Veteran Leaders (Beaufort): $2,900
  • Sea Islands in the Clasroom (Hilton Head): $5,200
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Islands Society is the only nonprofit organization working to inspire and empower islanders around the world to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements. To the best of our knowledge, we are also the only think tank exclusively working on public diplomacy and cultural relations that is based in the Southeast. We therefore provide a unique mechanism for ensuring that Hilton Head Island, the Lowcountry, South Carolina, and the Southeast remain relevant stakeholders in ongoing debates over the future of American foreign policy, especially in the context of the U.S. pivot to Asia.
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Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
Beaufort County
  • Daufuskie Island
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Beaufort
  • Bluffton
Southeast
  • Charleston (SC)
  • Lowcountry (SC)
  • Savannah (GA)
  • Golden Islands (GA)
  • Amelia Island (FL) 
United States
  • American Samoa
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Nothern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
International
  • Arctic
  • Baltic Sea
  • Caribbean Sea
  • European Union
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Edward Walsh
Company Affiliation University of London
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2018
Email walsh@islandssociety.org
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Laurent Ajdnik SNCF
Keiko Ono British Council
Cheryl Walsh Retired
Michael Walsh University of London
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
His Excellency Robert Aisi Government of Papua New Guinea
Mr. Ralph Cossa Pacific Forum CSIS
Her Excellency Winnie Kiap Government of Papua New Guinea
Mr. Ian Latham New Zealand Consulate - Atlanta, GA
His Excellency Enrique Manalo Philippine Government
His Excellency Solo Mara Republic of Fiji Government
Mr. William Maroni US-NZ Council
His Excellency Verghese Mathews Government of Singapore
His Excellency Dominic Meiklejohn British Government
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Michael Edward Walsh
Experience Michael Edward Walsh is the President of Plan G Consulting and a Young Leader at Pacific Forum CSIS. Prior to these roles, Walsh served as a Senior Fellow at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Vice Chair of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, Member of the Emerging Security Challenges Working Group at the Partnership for Peace Consortium, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at Microsoft Corporation, Management Consultant at Northrop Grumman Corporation, WSD-Handa Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Adjunct Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, Next Generation Fellow at the American Assembly, Visiting Researcher at the University of the German Federal Armed Services, Exchange Researcher at Waseda University, Academic Guest at the University of Zurich, International PhD Researcher at Goethe University, and Public Diplomacy Discussion Chair at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Walsh is also an internationally published commentator on foreign affairs and public diplomacy. His work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines around the world, including CSIS, The Diplomat, AOL Defense, Al Jazeera English, Jerusalem Post, Jakarta Globe, Korea Times, JoongAng Daily, and USC Center on Public Diplomacy. For his contributions to international journalism and Track II diplomacy, Walsh has received a number of awards, including the Vivian Award from the National Press Club and the Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Walsh received his M.A. in International Relations (International Law; International Economics) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and his B.A. in International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He also completed executive education at Harvard Business School, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Booth School of Business (University of Chicago), and Columbia Business School (Columbia University).
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 16
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Diversity Policy
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description The Islands Society believes that local female leaders should be given a global platform to share their insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in island communities. Through the Local Female Leaders (LFL) Program, the Islands Society recognizes a local female leader from a different island community each month. We then provide that individual with an opportunity to share her insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in her own community based on her own life experiences.
Short Term Success Short-Term Program Success
  • Increase the local, national, and international exposure of individual local female leaders in island communities
  • Establish the foundation for a private network of local female leaders from island communities around the world who can help one another to realize their full potential and mentor emerging female leaders in island communities
Long Term Success
Long-Term Program Goals
  • Significantly increase the local, national, and international exposure of individual local female leaders in island communities 
  • Significantly expand the national and international networks of individual local female leaders in island communities
  • Inspire and empower girls and women in island communities to take action to improve the health and well-being of their communities through the examples set by local female leaders
  • Create a private network of local female leaders from island communities around the world who can help one another to realize their full potential and mentor emerging female leaders in island communities
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
Measurement Tools 
  • Participant Imact Surveys (e.g., Annual survey to determine impact on individual Local Female Leaders)
  • Web Analytics (e.g., # of views of Local Female Leaders web pages)
  • Social Media Analytics (e.g., # of Local Female Leaders who participate in Local Female Leader Facebook user group)
  • Press Articles (e.g., # of features about Local Female Leaders)
Description
The Islands Society believes that young leaders need to be provided with the knowledge, networks, and exposure in order to reach their highest potential. Through our programs for next generation leaders, the Island Society provides opportunities for emerging thought leaders to develop real-world expertise on the issues that are most important to island communities. The Islands Society currently offers next generation programs for artists and policymakers. In 2016, we intend to expand these programs to include athletes, storytellers, and technologists.
  • The Next Generation Artists program provides talented young artists from island communities with a global stage to showcase their talents. NexGen Artists are given their own virtual gallery on the Island Society website as well as marketing and communications support to create global awareness for their art work.
  • The Next Generation Policymaker programs provide students and young professionals with a platform to share these ideas with the world. In this way, we help them to build their professional networks and gain media exposure for their innovation solutions to global policy concerns that affect island communities.
Short Term Success
Short-Term Successes
  • Increase the local, national, and international exposure of individual next generation leaders in island communities
  • Expand the national and international networks of individual next generation leaders in island communities
  • Establish the foundation for a private network of next generation leaders from island communities around the world who can help one another to realize their full potential.
  • Provide next generation leaders in island communities with mentorship that significantly increases their knowledge of foreign relations and overseas engagements
  • Help next generation leaders in island communities demonstrate their knowledge about foreign affairs and overseas engagements through publication in top-tier outlets.
Long Term Success Long-Term Program Goals
  • Significantly increase the local, national, and international exposure of individual next generation leaders in island communities
  • Significantly expand the national and international networks of individual next generation leaders in island communities
  • Inspire and empower next generation leader in island communities to take action to improve the health and well-being of their communities
  • Create a private network of next generation leaders from island communities around the world who can help one another to realize their full potential
  • Provide next generation leaders in island communities with mentorship that significantly increases their knowledge of foreign relations and overseas engagements
  • Help next generation leaders secure meaningful career opportunities that improves their quality of life
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Measurement Tools
  • Post-Program Participant Employment Data (e.g., Employment data 12 months and 24 months after completion of the program)
  • Participant Imact Surveys (e.g., Annual survey to determine impact on individual Next Generation Leaders)
  • Web Analytics (e.g., # of views of Next Generation Leaders web pages)
  • Social Media Analytics (e.g., # of Next Generation Leaders who participate in Local Female Leader Facebook user group)
  • Press Articles (e.g., # of features about Next Generation Leaders)
Description The Islands Society believes that public speaking series on foreign affairs and cultural relations can provide a valuable way for diplomatic corps to engage with foreign audiences at the subnational level. Through our speaking series on foreign affairs, we ensure that local island communities have the same opportunities as non-islanders to participate in these strategic dialogues. We often do so in partnership  with academic institutions, local governments, foreign embassies, and nonprofit organizations.
Short Term Success
Short-Term Success
  • In 2016, host two ambassador speaking series on climate change in partnership with universities in South Carolina and Hawaii.
Long Term Success
Long-Term Goals
  • Ensure that islanders in every region that we serve have the same opportunities as non-islanders to participate in strategic dialogues on foreign affairs and cultural relations through strategic partnerships  with academic institutions, local governments, foreign embassies, and nonprofit organizations.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
Measurement Tools
  • Quotations and citations in top-tier publications
  • Participant impact surveys
  • Partner impact surveys
  • Web analytics
  • Social media analytics
Description The Islands Society is committed to promoting awareness of the issues critical to islanders in classrooms around the world. Through the Islands in the Classroom programs, we work to ensure that the unique cultures of island communities are respected and preserved through targeted educational programs, including projects related to endangered languages. Islands in the Classroom develops and distributes high-quality lesson plans that increase awareness about island communities while simultaneously strengthening student competencies in core subjects, including math and reading. To achieve this objective, Islands in the Classroom promotes knowledge-sharing among K-12 educators in island communities through the use of customized social media and social networking technologies.
Short Term Success
Short-Term Success
  • Develop and distribute ten lesson modules for elementary schools in island communities and attract 3,000 views/downloads
  • Establish partnerships with two elementary schools in island communities and beta test the program in those schools
  • Establish Islands in the Classroom Facebook page and attract 250 K-5 teachers who can contribute to the project
Long Term Success
Long-Term Goal
  • 90% of classrooms participating in the program experienced a significant increase in knowledge about foreign affairs and related subjects
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Measurement Tools
  • Partner Data (e.g., # participating partner schools)
  • Teacher Imact Surveys (e.g., Annual survey to determine impact on individual classrooms)
  • Web Analytics (e.g., # of views of lesson plans)
  • Social Media Analytics (e.g., # of K-5 teachers participating in Facebook user group)
  • Press Articles (e.g., # of features on Islands in the Classroom program)
Description The Islands Society performs research on a wide range of topics in the fields of public diplomacy and cultural relations. Our primary topics include citizen diplomacy, community diplomacy, digital diplomacy, public-private partnerships, and subnational engagement. Our goal is to develop innovative policies that bridge the divide between theory and practice in foreign affairs and overseas engagement.
Short Term Success
Short-term Success (2016)
  • 20 top-tier publications
  • 16 citations/quotations/features in top-tier publications
  • 2 policy presentations before international, national, and/or local government bodies
  • 20,000 online views of publications
Long Term Success
Long-term Success (2016)
  • 70% of policymaker survey respondents believe that Islands Society is one of the top three policy research centers on public diplomacy and cultural relations in the world.
  • Average of 20 top-tier publications per staff per year
  • Average of 20 citations/quotations/features in top-tier publications per staff per year
  • Average of 2 policy presentations before international, national, and/or local government bodies per staff per year
  • Average of 2,000 online views per publication
  • Average of 1 international, national, or local working group per staff
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Measurement Tools
  • Publication Data (e.g., # top-tier publications)
  • Policymaker Surveys (e.g., Annual survey to determine impact on policymakers)
  • Web Analytics (e.g., # of online views of publications)
  • Social Media Analytics (e.g., social media engagement with publications)
  • Working Groups (e.g., # of international, national, local working groups)
  • Press Articles (e.g., # of quotations/citations)
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
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Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Oct 2016
Nonprofit ISLANDS SOCIETY
Address PO BOX 22290
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 299252290
Primary Phone (843) 271 6891
CEO/Executive Director Michael Edward Walsh
Board Chair Michael Edward Walsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of London
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
EMERGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CENTRE INC