Jun 26, 2018
In episode 28, Rhod is joined by Ben Soskis, a Fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of HistPhil.org, for a wide-ranging (and quite long!) chat about the history of philanthropy and what it can teach us about the big challenges facing charities and donors today. They talked about all sorts of things, such as:
-Why is studying the history of philanthropy worthwhile, and what are the limitations of historical comparison?
-What are the most telling criticisms of philanthropy that have been seen through the ages?
-Which supposedly “new” developments in philanthropy actually have historical precedents? What, if anything, is genuinely new?
-Is philanthropy anti-democratic? Can that sometimes be a good thing?
-Why have power dynamics always been such a challenge for philanthropy, and what efforts have been taken to overcome this challenge?
-What are the biggest challenges facing philanthropy in the US right now?