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Cryptocurrencies, global governance and our collective future

4 Jonah Wittkamper 7 February 2018

A cryptocurrency tied to world democracy, sustainability and poverty alleviation could save the world.  The bitcoin rise decentralizes power and represents a shift in loyalties from governments to technology. Millennial enthusiasm for virtual currencies and …


The importance of trust

Amy McGoldrick 18 January 2018

‘…11 days ago two bullets crossed off two more faces from my family tree they were 14 they were studying the blood-soaked arithmetic pages are still sitting on the mantel…’ Emi Mahmoud, a Sudanese-American slam poet, performing at …


Philanthropy in a recession

4 Shelagh Gastrow 11 August 2017

In principle, philanthropy should be focusing on organisations that are involved in systemic change and government should be supporting those organisations that deal with basic human requirements. In that case, non-profits are unlikely to be …

The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing the Greek Crisis

European Foundation Centre 28 July 2015

This post originally appeared on the blog  of the European Foundation Center. The original article can be found here> What is philanthropy’s appropriate role in the midst of the Greek socioeconomic crisis? The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been …

Interview – Caroline Mason

Alliance magazine 1 August 2013

After much preparation and amid great publicity, Big Society Capital (BSC) was launched last year with funding from dormant bank accounts and from the four ‘Merlin’ banks (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank …

Philanthropy changing but not fast enough

Pier Mario Vello 1 June 2013

The financial crisis in 2008, the sovereign debt crisis and the political crisis in the following years have proved wrong the idea that an economic system based on unbridled consumerism can make even the poorest …

Interview – Bradford Smith

Alliance magazine 1 June 2013

‘You’re not going to see a radical transformation of philanthropy because it’s not the kind of field that radically transforms.’ Following the financial crisis, foundations are beginning to change the way they use their resources …

Taking a chance on longevity: a third option for endowed foundations

Richard Jenkins 1 June 2013

It wasn’t so long ago that trustees of endowed foundations could spend 5 per cent of the value of their portfolio each year on their mission, confident that the residue would maintain its value in …

Then and now

Alliance magazine 1 June 2013

When the financial crisis broke in 2008, Alliance asked a number of people around the world how its effects were playing out in their region and what they expected the consequences to be. We caught …

How is philanthropy changing?

Andrew Milner 1 June 2013

The ‘financial crisis’ is often said to have begun on 15 September 2008 when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. In North America and Europe, the world certainly changed then. For the rest of the world, …