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Robin Heller

Conference reports Robin Heller 15 June 2022

Art can carve new paths in creative problem-solving

A dancer, muscular and magnificent, closed the Opening Plenary on the first day of the Philea conference in Barcelona. The music, the beat, and the pace energised us as we began more traditional ways of …

Book review Robin Heller 1 March 2022 For Subscribers

How We Give Now: A philanthropic guide for the rest of us

Reviewed by Robin Heller, President, The Athena Advisors As the title suggests, in her new book Lucy Bernholz is interested not so much in the specific causes to which people give, or even the amounts, …

Book review Robin Heller 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Empire of Pain: The secret history of the Sackler dynasty

Reviewed by Robin Heller, President, The Athena Advisors When the Serpentine art gallery opened in London in 2013, it was named after the Sackler family, long known for contributions to art, medicine and education. Earlier …

Letter Robin Heller 5 March 2019

Power is a complex issue

The Alliance editorial and lead article introducing the issue on Royal Philanthropy raised thoughtful questions about covering some of the most consequential donors in the world: royalty. Yes, there are very specific power dynamics when …