Civil society podcasts


  • Andy Haldane Economist 150

    Why civil society matters more than ever with, Andy Haldane

    Alongside his role as Chief Economist at the Bank of England, Andy is founder and trustee of Pro Bono Economics, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects and Vice- Chair of National Numeracy.
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    Sport, philanthropy and civil society

    In this episode we look at the relationship between sport, philanthropy and civil society through history and up to the present day.
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    Mutual aid, charity and philanthropy

    In this episode Rhodri explores mutual aid: what is it, why is there so much interest in it right now and how does it relate to charity and philanthropy?
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    Philanthropy and democracy

    Does philanthropy undermine democracy, or strengthen it? Do we need to make philanthropy itself more democratic? And if so, how?
  • 2021 predictions from Rhodri Davies

    Predictions for 2021

    In this episode, at the end of a tumultuous and unpredictable year, we attempt (wisely or not!) to give some predictions for what 2021 might bring...
  • Iqbal Nasim

    Islamic giving in a digital world, with Iqbal Nasim

    In this episode we talk to Iqbal Nasim, CEO of the National Zakat Foundation, about Islamic giving and using technology to transform the way Zakat works.
  • Asha Curren Giving Tuesday CEO

    An interview with Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday

    In this episode we talk to Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday, ahead of this year’s event on Tuesday 2 December, about distributed leadership, movement building and the importance of mass giving.


Giving Thought Think Tank

Giving Thought looks at the key issues affecting civil society, philanthropy, social investment and the use of new technologies for social good.

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Growing giving around the world

With as many as 2.4 billion people set to join the world’s middle classes by 2030 we want to transform their communities through giving.

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Can mayors help to build a culture of civil philanthropy?

There is a real opportunity to develop a modern culture of civic philanthropy to rival that of the Victorian era.

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Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri