11 Mar 2009 All day Trinity College, Cambridge


In cooperation with the Trinity Politics Society we'd like to invite you to a talk by Michael Edwards

Venue: Junior Parlour, Trinity College,  6.15pm

Admission £1.50/£1 for Trinitarians;  Refreshments served.

In his recent work Michael Edwards examines ‘philanthrocapitalism’, the recent incursion of corporate business into the area of philanthropy, and the adoption of business practices in charitable organisations.  Is the mixing of business and philanthropy a blessing or a curse for the non-profit sector?  This is one of the most important topics in the current debates about philanthropy and civil society.


Michael Edwards is based in upstate New York and is affiliated with the New York-based think-tank Demos, the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008 he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York, and has worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi, and India.  He is the author of several books, including Future Positive (1999), Civil Society (2004), Just Another Emperor (2008) and, forthcoming, The Love that Does Justice (2010).  His writing has been met with wide acclaim and has sparked intense debates about the roles of civil society, philanthropy and social movements in Western societies today.

Katharina E. Rietzler is conducting research on hegemony and philanthropy for her PhD in History at UCL.  She will comment on Michael Edward’s talk before opening the floor to discussion.


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