The Commons as a path for philanthropy to catalyse system change

Posted on 28 January 2016 | Nicolas Krausz Heike Loeschmann Vivian Paulissen Foundations' operationsSocio-economic development, poverty

In its quest to promote deep progressive change within society, philanthropy is often blamed for addressing the symptoms rather than the roots of problems.

Towards Philanthropy 2.0

Posted on 26 January 2016 | Foundations' operationsUncategorized

In the current climate, crowdfunding represents a very welcome financial innovation, both for innovative companies that banks sometimes regard as too risky, and for non-profit-making enterprises and charity organisations which are having to cope with reductions in state subsidies.

The myth of free education – Why investment in private higher education is worth it

Posted on 18 January 2016 | Urs V. Arnold Education

Whilst academic education at private universities is recognised and has a high reputation in countries such as the United States, Great Britain or Japan the private operators in Germany permanently have to fight to justify their existence and against prejudices.

Know the unexpected: Risk Management at Jacobs Foundation

Posted on 14 December 2015 | Foundations' operations

In addition to the risks emerging from the financial and economic crises, philanthropic organisations also need to deal with arising risks. Therefore, the Jacobs Foundation has complemented its internal control system with a comprehensive risk management framework, allowing for an elaborated controlling of relevant risks.

The faltering momentum of COP21 should perhaps force the French President to take a radical initiative

Posted on 11 December 2015 | Pierre Calame Environment & sustainable development

The conference with Heads of State on November 30th and the meeting that brought together hundreds of mayors on December 4th, turned out to be just old-fashioned speech contests on the obligatory theme of climate protection and the future of humanity – talk shows – which took place while negotiators worked to edit out the […]

Trust, Trustworthiness and Transparency

Posted on 3 December 2015 | Onora O’Neill Human rights, citizenship & democracy

This blog was adapted from the Key Note speech given by Onora O’Neill at the EuroPhilantopics conference 2015 A conventional and prevalent view is that society needs more trust, and that trust has been lost and so we must (re)build it. In fact, there is mixed evidence as to whether this perceived loss of trust […]




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