Oct 15, 2019
In episode 58 we talk to Jim Minton, CEO of Toynbee Hall- the
UK's oldest university settlement and an East End of London
institution that has also played a key role in wider social
reforms. We discuss the role of local civil society organisations
and the opportunities and challenges that come with place-based
- The history of Toynbee Hall
- Are enough charities today playing a role as drivers of social
- Have recent changes such as the Lobbying Act or the use of
advocacy clauses in grant contracts made this harder?
- Can the successes of place-based initiatives inform activities
or policymaking at a regional or national level? How can
organisations based in one place ensure they ‘influence
- Is “place” more complex than it is sometimes presented? I.e. at
what geographic level do we feel a sense of belonging or
- How do you coordinate philanthropy and voluntary action in a
particular place without stifling it?
- Are place-based organisations particularly well-suited to
adopting participatory approaches?
- What is the particular importance of shared physical space and
community buildings in a local area?
- Does taking a place-based, rather than cause-based approach
make it easier to address the multiple, cross-cutting needs of
people and communities?
- Do you think people and communities always have the best
answers to their own problems, or do they sometimes need
organisations to act for them in their own best interest?
- What role can philanthropy and voluntary action play in
building bridging social capital, bringing diverse communities
together or fostering wider civic engagement?