If you need proof that philanthrocapitalism matters more than ever, look no further than the large number of books touching on effective giving and social change that have been published this year. Excluding our own contribution, The Road From Ruin (published in paperback this year in both Britain and America), here in no particular order […]
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Does Pakistan Need Our Help?
Is aid a blessing or a curse for developing countries? For Imran Khan, a former cricketer turned politician, the answer for his country, Pakistan, is clear. “If we don’t have aid we will be forced to make reforms and stand on our own feet,” he told the BBC recently. This was a message that he […]
Gates Gives a Glimmer of Hope
The G20 meeting in Cannes has enough on its plate figuring out a way to save the Eurozone, with or without Greece. So it is a credit to the meeting’s host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that he booked a slot on the agenda for a discussion of how to finance the fight against poverty based […]
Hot Nude Magic Bullets!
Naked Sarah Jessica Parker and nude Britney Spears won’t end poverty but the fact that spam offering photos of such delights was clogging up the trending Twitter stream (#giveandtech) of a conference on philanthropy and information technology held in London on September 15th was evidence that the potential of mobile phones to drive a revolution […]
The Billionaire Boys Club
In her book last year, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System”, Diane Ravitch dismissively described the wealthy philanthropists who are bankrolling various efforts to improve the otherwise taxpayer funded school system as the “billionaire boys club”. She argues that the likes of Bill Gates, the Walton family (heirs of the founder […]