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Last week I spoke on a panel at the Generosity Forum in Melbourne on the three most important things I had learned while working in philanthropy. My top tip was that impactful philanthropy requires courage.   I believe that philanthropy has two key roles: firstly, supporting innovation by leaders in the not for profit sector to find solutions to tough community...

Last Saturday I took part in MRelay at the MPavilion. It was wonderful to be under the MPavilion designed by leading Indian architect Bijoy Jain located in the park opposite the Arts Centre. It was a beautiful Melbourne Saturday summer morning and ducks waddled past on their way to a nearby pond as we took our seats for a relay of ideas. ...


Philanthropy is about the love of all mankind – we in the philanthropic sector are committed to equality of opportunity and to supporting people to overcome discrimination due to gender, race, sexual preference, age or other attributes. In many ways, protecting human rights and freedoms is the business of philanthropy.  Amongst other community initiatives, over the last year we have...
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A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.  Centre for Social Innovation, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.  Last week, while I was presenting with Abigail Noble of The...

This blog was going to be a reflection on the Third Sector conference where I presented last week. The conference theme was 'Innovation for a Stronger Community' and sessions that I attended covered impact investment, brand management, mergers and collaborations, social enterprise and then my session (with Lisa Grinham from Good2Give and Andrew Young, Centre for Social Impact) on philanthropy and...