Philanthropy or capitalism? Nature or nurture? Butter or marmalade on your toast? False dichotomies make fun debating points but shed little light on important questions. So it is with Reuters blogger Felix Salmon’s recent critique of the new Financial Access at Birth (FAB) campaign as top down rather than bottom up. FAB is a simple idea: from 11 […]
Tag: Peter Singer
How We Can All Give Away A Million
Now here’s an interesting idea as we go into giving season – an Oxford University philosopher has pledged to give £1 million to charity over his lifetime and wants you to do the same. Not really headline news in a world of billion-dollar mega-gifts you might think, but there are two interesting things about Dr Toby […]
Why Bother Saving a Life?
We should all be giving away at least 5% of our income and the rich should hand over up to a third, argues philosopher Peter Singer in his new book The Life You Can Save, that came out last week. While we don’t share Singer’s rather puritanical disapproval of the lavish lifestyles of the super-wealthy – he […]
Meet the Philanthrocapitalists
The Economist kindly threw us a book launch party in New York last night. We were honoured to be joined by so many people who are part of the philanthrocapitalism revolution. Guest of honour was President Bill Clinton (hear Matthew’s interview with him for the Economist about the impact of the economic downturn on philanthropy). […]