25 June 2019

In episode 52, we take a look at the relationship between philanthropy and public space. How has philanthropy shaped our understanding of public space, and what role does public space play in driving philanthropy? Including:

  • Philanthropy and rural public space
  • The role of philanthropy and voluntary action in shaping the development of national parks in the UK and US
  • The history of the National Trust and what it can teach us about the tension between preservation and access
  • Urban parks and greenspace in the UK
  • Public parks philanthropy in the US - success and controversy.
  • How do we ensure that public spaces near where rich people live aren’t supported at the expense of those in less well-off neighbourhoods?
  • Non-green urban public space: sport facilities and community buildings
  • Public space and bridging social capital
  • Does the emergence of quasi-public spaces owned and controlled by the private sector raise new challenges for philanthropy and civil society?
  • Philanthropy and the concept of the public sphere
  • Digital platforms: are they really public spaces? Or do we risk handing control to unaccountable gatekeepers, and what might this mean for civil society freedoms?
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Race for Life at Sefton Park, Liverpool

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The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society. Launched in 2017 it is recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate.  Rhodri Davies director of our Giving Thought Think Tank hosts the podcast, discussing contemporary issues and interviewing sector experts. Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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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



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