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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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Jan 3, 2018

In episode 16, "2018 Predictions", Rhod gives some thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing charities, donors and civil society organisations around the globe over the coming year.

 Guesses Predictions include:

-A renewed focus on tax relief for donations,

-An increasingly difficult environment for advocacy,

-A divergence of opinion over impact measurement

-Greater use of non-traditional models for philanthropy

-More focus on data, in terms of balancing privacy concerns with the need for open data

-Using machine learning to determine trends in social data

-Even more interest in addressing the ethical challenges of AI and other technologies

-More donations of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from those who have made large amounts through increases in value.

-New digital assets being created and donated.


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