Jan 29, 2019
In episode 42 we chat to Krystian Seibert, an Industry
Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne,
Australia. We discuss the current wave of critiques of
philanthropy, why criticism is important, how to make that
criticism constructive and what the response from policy and
lawmakers should be. Including:
- How do we criticise ‘well’?
- Is some criticism in danger of ‘preaching to the
- To what extent does personal philosophy or ideology dictate how
receptive you are to certain criticisms?
- Which criticism of philanthropy is hardest to answer?
- How much do the current US-focussed critiques resonate
elsewhere (e.g. the UK or Australia)?
- Is there an argument to change how philanthropy is regulated by
- How do we balance the freedom to make individual philanthropic
choices with the responsibility to ensure philanthropy doesn’t
create greater inequality?
- In the US the focus has been on the potential for philanthropy
to subvert democracy by offering a means of influence outside the
electoral system. Yet in many other places, the concern is the
opposite: that the ability of civil society (funded by
philanthropy) to campaign is being stifled. How do we square these
- Should more philanthropic funders support journalism or other
mechanisms that can hold philanthropy itself to account?
- Is there an inherent power imbalance in philanthropy, between
those who have the assets and those that require them? Can we
address this balance, and if so how?
- Do we need to make philanthropic decisions more democratic? If
- Do we need to make philanthropy more accountable to the people
and communities it is supposed to serve? If so, how?