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Opaque, Dishonest, Impenetrable Philanthropy
by Ivan March

“Can we stop perpetuating the transparency weirdness?” asks Marlene Engelhorn, one of the young philanthropists championing the Resource Justice approach among German-speakers, trying to imbue philanthropy with radicality and a deep social justice narrative. “Transparency is about owning conflict and tensions”, she adds.  This is the primary intention behind the eighth session in our Radical […]

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The Dark Side of Environmentalism
by Ivan March

Orwellian or Overwellmian? Donald Trump Jr recently compared his father’s Twitter ban to Orwell’s dystopia, claiming that “We are living in Orwell’s 1984. Free speech no longer exists in America”, prompting journalists to write articles to educate the public that George Orwell was a “self-described democratic socialist” and that he “always belonged on the Left”. The […]

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Lessons in Decolonizing Wealth
by Antonis Schwarz

“It’s about flexibility. It’s about humility. It’s about trust. It’s about having fun along the way. It is more about holding space for others’ brilliance than being the sole source of answers, more about flexible shape-shifting to meet the oncoming challenges than holding fast to a five-year strategic plan.” Edgar Villanueva’s words read like the […]

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Rebel Reads for Radical Funders
by Ivan March

January is that month in the year when people make the highest number of promises they wont keep. “I will read more this year” is an all too familiar New Year’s resolution, so before you give up on it and settle into a cushy habit of binge-watching Netflix shows, here’s a list of 11 rebellious […]

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Additional Thoughts on Effective Altruism
by Paolo Fresia with Romy Krämer

Following the publication of our article about where we believe EA adds to the philanthropic landscape and where it fails to encourage a deeper, much-needed reflection, we have been excited to receive a high level of engagement. In particular, we appreciated the reactions by members of the EA community, and the many thoughtful responses on […]

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Reflecting on our Reflexes in 2020
by Ivan March

They say hindsight is 20/20, and 2020 definitely provided quite some sights for us all. For every blow that the Pandemic, the murder of George Floyd or the explosion in Lebanon dealt, there was a Covid19-mutual aid group, a defund the police rally, a rebuild Beirut action. Still, we watched Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck […]

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