What’s the best way of generating resources for nonprofits, NGOs, social movements and community groups who want to promote radical changes in society? Can the big foundations be reformed or transformed, or is it better to build a different system that’s more open, equal and democratic? Here are some recent pieces that explore these questions in my own writing:
What can we learn from thirty articles on philanthropy and social change?
Reforming today’s institutions won’t be enough to support the transformations of the future.
Forget billionaires: let’s build our own system to fund the transformation of society
How can money build community and connection instead of division?
Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?
Why aren’t donors held to the same standards as recipients in philanthropy and foreign aid?
The privilege of being privileged
Rich foundations believe we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.
Why it’s time to say goodbye to ‘doing good and doing well’
Being simultaneously rich and radical is certainly seductive, but the conflicts that have animated history can’t be wished away.
It’s time to put money out of its misery
New ideas and experiments could reposition money as a source of social justice as well as personal fulfillment.
Money: in terms of social change, it’s both ‘beauty and the beast’
Is money a curse or a cure in relation to injustice and inequality? It depends on how we use it.
Why social transformation is not a job for the market
Why business thinking can’t save the world.
Philanthrocapitalism: old myths, new realities
What can we learn from the debate about the role of billionaires and business in philanthropy?
Philanthrocapitalism: after the goldrush
Why claims about the superiority of business are just another case of the emperor who has no clothes.
Just Another Emperor? The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism
Free download of the pamphlet that stated the debate about business thinking in philanthropy.