Deep Listening : to understand a different perspective

Marshall Institute Practitioner in Residence Emily Kasriel introduces her Deep Listening project
When people are listened to sensitively, they tend to listen to themselves with more care and to make clear exactly what they are feeling and thinking-  Psychologist Carl Rogers
Most of us think we are above-average listeners.  I come from the field of journalism, and journalists are especially confident […]

June 25th, 2020|Communities|0 Comments|
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    Coronavirus nearly ended homelessness in the UK. How can we end it for good?

Coronavirus nearly ended homelessness in the UK. How can we end it for good?

With social problems expected to soar in coming months, Dr Lígia Teixeira of the Centre for Homelessness Impact examines what is needed to help tackle homelessness more effectively in the UK.

The Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) aims to inspire government at all levels to make more and better use of data and evidence when making important decisions about tackling […]

June 17th, 2020|Communities|0 Comments|
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    Freshly MIINTED – the LSE team experience with Wharton’s 2020 impact investing competition

Freshly MIINTED – the LSE team experience with Wharton’s 2020 impact investing competition

This blog post appeared originally on the LSE School of Public Policy Blog here 

By Corinna Rafferty, Anya Nelson, Konstantin Sietzy, Santiago Salazar and Marian Woodward

For seven months, our team of five MPA and MPP students were ‘Causa Capital’. This was in preparation for the 2020 global MIINT (short for MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) investment competition, in which we […]

Covid-19 and the voluntary sector

Businesses and the self-employed have received significant financial support from the UK Government during the Covid-19 crisis, and the debts of NHS hospital trusts have been wiped out.  Many voluntary organisations and community groups are under pressure too, facing reduced income at just the time when demand for their services has risen hugely.  Should voluntary organisations receive support too?

A new approach to creating ‘tech for good’

Julien Cornebise is a mathematician who wants to help non-profits use Artificial Intelligence.  After leaving DeepMind in 2016, Julien began working pro-bono for Amnesty International, helping them scale up their analysis of satellite images of Darfur to gather evidence for a 2016 campaign to highlight atrocities taking place there.  He also helped develop a tool to track abuse of […]

February 11th, 2020|In the news, Innovation|0 Comments|

Is it time to rehabilitate capitalism?

As academic director of the new LSE short course, Purpose and Profit: The Essentials of Social Business, Marshall Institute Director Stephan Chambers explains the rationale behind this new course.

The history of business is the history of human beings trading with each other; discovering efficiencies of scale and comparative advantage, creating surplus, investing capital, and building infrastructure.

In its purest form, capitalism […]

The Marshall Institute’s books of 2019

As the end of 2019 approaches, we share some of the books we’ve been reading at The Marshall Institute that have sparked conversation and proved provocative. Each have a connection in some way with the mission of the Institute.

Stephan Chambers,  Institute Director: 

Paul Collier, The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

Our conversation with Paul Collier and The Philanthropy Workshop […]

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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 […]