Giving Thought

PODCASTS FROM GIVING THOUGHT

Our regular podcast series explores trends in global philanthropy and civil society.

About the Giving Thought podcast

The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject. 

Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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    Bringing diverse communities together

    15 October 2019 - We talk to Jim Minton, CEO of Toynbee Hall, about place-based working in civil society and how we connect the local with the national.
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    Participatory Philanthropy, with Rose Longhurst

    1 October 2019 - What happens when philanthropic funders give away power as well as money? We explore the opportunities and challenges of participatory grantmaking.
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    Tainted donations

    17 Sept 2019 - When is a gift not welcome? We explore the tangled history of 'tainted donations' from medieval barons to MIT Media Lab.
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    Talking to Julia Unwin CBE

    3 Sept 2019 - Our discussion with Julia includes the Civil Society Futures inquiry, trust in charities, social action and the challenges ahead for philanthropy.
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    Effective Altruism

    23 July 2019 - Why has this approach to philanthropy based on utilitarian philosophy gained so many admirers, and so many critics, over the last few years?
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    Structure and philanthropy

    9 July 2019 - We explore how philanthropy and civil society has become structured over time, what the drivers for this are, and what new possibilities the future may hold.
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    Philanthropy and public space

    25 June 2019 - How has philanthropy shaped public spaces, from National Parks and urban greenspaces to the digital world, and what are the challenges ahead?
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    Philanthropic Pledges

    11 June 2019 - How successful has the Giving Pledge been over the last decade? We explore the controversial topic of philanthropic promises.
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    Giving done right

    28 May 2019 - We talk to @philxbuchanan from @CEPData about his new book 'Giving done right: effective giving and making every dollar count' and discuss the current criticisms of philanthropy.
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    Notre-Dame: lessons for philanthropy

    14 May 2019 - What lessons can we take from the recent surge of philanthropy in response to the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris?
For more discussions on philanthropy and civil society; from artificial intelligence and blockchain to the impact of history, visit the Giving Thought podcast archive.

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Contact

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in our podcasts, please contact Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy at CAF.

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

E:
givingthought@cafonline.org

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