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Andrew Milner

Conference reports Andrew Milner 2 July 2024

Resistance against hopelessness at JRF’s Next Frontiers Conference

JRF’s director of emerging futures, posed three questions for participants at the Foundation’s 2024 Next Frontier’s conference: what is this moment we are living through and how should we respond to it? Where does wealth …

Special feature Andrew Milner 4 June 2024

Private means for public ends?

We’ve given contributors to this special feature of Alliance a particularly difficult task. We’ve asked them to bring together the notion of the common good with the principle and practice of philanthropy and to discern …

Interview Andrew Milner 4 June 2024

Monte de Piedad’s Alejandra Angarita Chahín on Mexico’s social purpose pawnbroker

The idea of a social purpose pawnbroker might seem odd, but it has a long history in Mexico’s Nacional Monte de Piedad. Social Investment director Alejandra Angarita Chahín explains to Andrew Milner how it works. …

Special feature Andrew Milner 5 March 2024

Not leaders, but leadership

It turned out that looking up leadership theories – and there are a number of them, one website identifies eight – was not much use in devising the introduction to this special feature. Leadership theories …

Interview Andrew Milner 5 March 2024 For Subscribers

Interview: Stig Arff discusses how carbon capturing technology can be used to reseal a Pandora’s box

The newly established Carbon Technology Research Foundation (CTRF) aims to finance research into nature-based processes to enhance the capture of atmospheric greenhouse gases – to see if similar processes of carbon capture that over millions …

Conference reports Andrew Milner 25 January 2024

Where there’s a will….: an impression of the Nordic Foundations Conference

Is there a collective Nordic identity? Do Nordic foundations embrace it and to what extent do they draw on it for the common benefit of the countries of the region? In terms of identity, there …

Opinion Andrew Milner 16 January 2024

Coming in to land

I have decided not to fly to any more conferences because I believe the harm I am doing by flying outweighs any value my presence at the conference might have. I neither make nor intend …

Interview Andrew Milner 19 December 2023

Anne Berner discusses role of the third sector in Nordic society

A former minister in the government of Finland, a long career in business and chair of the board of the New Children’s Hospital Foundation in Helsinki, Anne Berner’s experience has a striking breadth. She is …

Special feature Andrew Milner 5 December 2023 For Subscribers

Time to reassess the tradition of keeping philanthropy and politics separate

In the early years of the Christian era, Pliny the Younger, then administrator of the Roman province of Bithynia-Pontus, wrote to the Emperor Trajan asking for permission to establish a ‘society of 150 firemen’ in …

Special feature Andrew Milner 5 September 2023

Understanding SDG-speak: Half-empty or half-full?

The SDGs continue to attract negative and positive commentary in almost equal measure The SDGs suffer from a problem of scale – or rather of how to mesh two scales, the grand and the miniature. …