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    The innovative role of business in rebuilding a peaceful Colombia

The innovative role of business in rebuilding a peaceful Colombia

In this timely blog, Dr. Mary Martin describes her Marshall Institute Small Grants research project on how private businesses and corporate executives have played an innovative and significant role in moving forward the peace process in Colombia – and how that role may be undermined by changes in the political environment. Such contributions are symptomatic of an increasing expectation that […]

The devilishly difficult job of keeping angels motivated

Charities are under increasing pressure to demonstrate tangible impact but, in her study funded by Marshall’s small grant programme, Dr Julia Morley finds these cold and business-like descriptions of charitable activities can have a detrimental effect on worker motivation. In this blog, she shares her findings on the true effect of impact reporting on staff identity at UK social enterprises […]

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    Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better

Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? In his November 2018 lecture for the Marshall Institute lecture series, Rob Reich shows not only how the generosity of wealthy individuals isn’t the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice.

Big philanthropy is often an exercise […]

Giving big: when it comes to charities, does size matter?

In the third sector, a tiny minority of charities get most of the attention and revenue, but the vast majority of smaller charities offer the crucial front-line services. New research from the Lloyds Bank Foundation reveals how the core strengths of small charities are more important than ever. This article is based on a presentation given in November 2018 for the Marshall Institute’s […]

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    When it comes to social enterprise, clear thinking matters – here’s why

When it comes to social enterprise, clear thinking matters – here’s why

‘Social enterprise’ is fast becoming one of this generation’s most popular business buzzwords. But within this broad title, there are vast distinctions – and if they’re not properly recognised, a lack of clarity can hinder social impact organisations. The Marshall Institute’s Tom Rippin investigates the history of social enterprise, revealing the surprising differences within them.

In the last two decades, the magic […]

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    Challenging the leaders of tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium

Challenging the leaders of tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium

Groundbreaking new ideas often come from young people – but how can we help them actually get implemented? Nominated as a ‘Leader of Tomorrow’ Chelsea Phipps attended the St Gallen Symposium, a unique annual gathering uniting the best of the next generation with some of the world’s most influential business and cultural leaders. 

Back in the summer, I had the privilege of […]

Motivation matters, especially in the public sector

As an economist and former public policy adviser, Sir Julian Le Grand has experienced first-hand the importance of motivations and incentives in the public sector. As the Marshall Institute prepares to launch the Executive Master’s in Social Business and Entrepreneurship, Julian looks at how our deepest motivations can radically impact outcomes, even at the highest level. 

What drives us is more […]

Why do we innovate?

It’s one of this generation’s most popular buzzwords, but how well do we really understand innovation? Aunnie Patton Power puts the concept under the microscope, arguing that purpose is an overlooked element of successful innovation. 

Innovation might be one of the most overused words of our time. From the iPhone to self-driving cars to see through solar panels we are surrounded by talk […]

How loneliness harms communities – and how to stop it

Having dedicated his career to strengthening communities, David Robinson recounts the damage that isolation can wreak upon social groups. As shallow connections displace meaningful ones, our increasingly atomised society could trigger a loneliness epidemic – but things might be changing.

The older I get, the less certain I am. But of this I am sure: relationships matter. It is not only […]