Nov 24, 2020
In this episode we talk to Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday -
ahead of this year’s event on Tuesday 2nd December -about
distributed leadership, movement building and the importance of
mass giving. Including:
Decentralisation & Social Movements
- What is the key appeal of networked movements? Do people
believe they are more effective (particularly when it comes to huge
global challenges that might require radical solutions, like the
climate crisis and racial inequality/injustice) or is it more about
their ability to democratize participation and offer more active
modes of engagement?
- How can traditional nonprofits embrace some of the benefits of
networked or decentralized approaches? Does this require a major
change of structure, or just mindset?
Distributed leadership, new power and
- GT is a combination of elements with formal structure and many
informal elements - how do these different parts of the movement
- How much centralised input is there in shaping/setting
parameters for the formal elements?
- Are there necessary limits on the freedom of informal elements?
(E.g. parameters/red lines on what can be associated with GT brand,
even informally) How are these set and policed?
- How do you manage power dynamics within a decentralised
movement to prevent the emergence of hidden cliques/elites, and to
ensure that everyone’s voice can be heard equally?
- Can mass giving movements like GT help to counter concerns
about the potentially anti-democratic impact of big money
- As GT has developed into a global movement, how has this
informed your understanding of what we should think of as
- Can GT help us to develop a better global perspective &
understand differences and similarities between cultures of giving
around the world?
- Do different countries around the world place more emphasis on
non-financial giving in their approaches to GT? Has this had an
impact on thinking in the US?
- What is the idea behind the Starling Collective? How does this
fit with the wider work of Giving Tuesday?
Platforms, philanthropy & civil society
- Is there an important role for movements like GT in ensuring
that as more giving shifts to the online world, we have platforms
and infrastructure that is driven by civil society values rather
than ceding control of online giving to commercial platforms (who
may wish to offer giving functionality as an add-on for
- What responsibilities do giving platforms have towards those
giving and receiving through them? Are they ever neutral
intermediaries, or do they need to accept a more active role in
informing donors, assessing recipients etc?
- What is the Giving Tuesday Data Collaborative? How did it come
- What have you learned about giving trends in the US (and
elsewhere) so far through the GTDC?
- Can we use data to drive more giving/better giving? If so,