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The Liffman Provocations: Creative or cop-out?

Feb. 20, 2019

In my last post, I explored - and acknowledged my own substantial agreement with - the case for effective altruism and suggested that it was not receiving the attention from the local philanthropic sector that it merits. But I also recognised that many would find the very detached and cerebral approach effective altruism requires somewhat challenging and would be more comfortable with an approach that allowed them greater scope to express, in their giving, their more direct experiences, attachments, and priorities. Read more…

The Liffman Provocations: Are we missing the main game? The challenge of effective altruism…

Feb. 12, 2019

My entry into the philanthropic sector was, I expect, similar to that of many of our colleagues. Following some years working with ngos, an opportunity arose to work with a philanthropic organisation, and my experience as a grant-seeker was considered to equip me to be a grant-maker. Read more…

Our Australia Day Honours List 2019

Jan. 30, 2019

Philanthropy Australia extends a thorough congratulations to all our members who received awards this Australia Day. Read more…

Sarah Davies Welcomes Members back to Philanthropy Weekly for 2019

Jan. 23, 2019

Welcome to the first edition of Philanthropy Weekly for 2019. I hope you are all enjoying the summer and feeling refreshed after a happy and restful break. Read more…

The Liffman Provocations: On Elephants, Riders, Chimpanzees - and Philanthropy…

Jan. 23, 2019

In recent months I have read two books which have influenced my thinking greatly. Neither of them deals with philanthropy, or if so, only fleetingly (although one of them is recommended by Bill Gates as an essential book for our times). Nevertheless, I believe they are hugely important to anyone involved in the business of making the world a better place, whether simply as individuals seeking to make sense of our complex era, or discussing contentious issues with others, or – as philanthropists and philanthrocrats claim they are doing – hoping to create better, more just communities. Read more…


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