Mar 23, 2021
In this episode we talk to Nell Edgington, President of
non-profit consultancy Social Velocity, about her new book
“Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier
and More Equitable World”. We discuss:
- What is the book about, who should read it and what should they
do as a result?
- Why does a scarcity mind-set affect so many donors and funders?
Is this particular to philanthropy?
- Why is the “overhead myth” so prevalent, and why is it so
- Are there signs that funders are changing their behaviour
during the current crisis? (Moving to unrestricted funding,
trust-based grantmaking etc.) Is this likely to lead to longer-term
- What misconceptions are there about what makes for a
sustainable non-profit, and why do these misunderstandings
- How many donors are willing to give away power as well as
money? (And will the current crisis put even more focus on
approaches such as participatory grantmaking?)
- Do we need to redefine what counts as success and failure in
- How should we rate philanthropy’s response to the current
- What is the core role of philanthropy within society which
differentiates it from either state or market provision?
- Why has the idea that non-profits need to be “more
business-like” become so widespread? What is wrong with it?
- Should we seek to measure impact better? What challenges might
this bring in terms of distorting activity or creating power
- How can donors and funders use philanthropy to challenge or
transform the very systems in which wealth has been created?