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 […]

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 […]