As the holidays are approaching and 2020 is coming to an end, we would like to share with you a note from Professor Stephan Chambers, Director of the Marshall Institute.
I will remember 2020 not for the virus that decimated confidence and proximity and disrupted every aspect of our lives. But for the extraordinary resilience of the Marshall Institute’s students, staff, faculty, and supporters. Since April we have delivered successful online courses for two degrees (LSE’s MPA and our own Executive Master’s in Social Business and Entrepreneurship) and a brand new executive education programme (Purpose and Profit). We recruited the biggest EMSBE class ever and continued to host talks, seminars and symposia with speakers and attendees from all over the world. We learnt very quickly what works online and what doesn’t, how to deal with different time zones and the need to repeat classes. We trusted our students to tell us what they needed and they trusted us to deliver outstanding courses. Our staff worked furiously to make all this appear seamless and we were hugely supported by colleagues all across the School. There is no good pandemic but good can come from concerted, collective response. I am enormously grateful to our students, colleagues, and supporters.
From everyone at the Marshall Institute, we wish you a happy holiday season, and all the very best for 2021.
Our Director’s message was first presented in our Annual Report 2020, which you can access here.
The Marshall Institute Annual Report gives you an overview of the activities and progress the Institute has made in its effort to increase the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit, through our teaching, research and convening activities.