Podcast from the Field

With the podcasts we aim to build a bridge between developments in Philanthropy and CSR fields in Europe and around the globe. Enjoy!

Transformative Philanthropy - Podcast with Ise Bosch

In this edition Ise Bosch, Founder & CEO of Dreilinden, and Michael Alberg-Seberich discuss transformative philanthropy - also the title of Ise’s latest book in which she looks back on 20 years philanthropic involvement. Ise explains her approach to giving, the dynamics of power and trust, and also points out the advantages and challenges of this approach.

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Strategic Philanthropy

What is strategic philanthropy? Why is it important to listen to the grantees? What are trends in philanthropy? And how does #MeToo come into this play? Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, authors of Money Well Spent, discuss these and other questions with Michael Alberg-Seberich.

From 2000 until 2012 Paul Brest was President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is a legal scholar and was the Dean of the Stanford Law School. Today he is the Co-Director of Stanford Center in Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Stanford Law and Policy Lab.

Hal Harvey was the Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He founded the ClimateWorks Foundation. Today he is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm.


Philanthropy and Purpose

In this edition Michael Alberg-Seberich speaks with one of the world’s leading scholars of human development, Professor William Damon. They look into some of the more recent questions Professor Damon has raised in his work around family businesses – and how all  is connected to purpose, philanthropy and giving.

William Damon is a Professor of Education at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford enter on Adolescence.




Challenging Questions on Corporate Philanthropy

Get to know Professor von Schnurbein's work at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) of the University of Basel. Learn about, among others, the challenging questions on corporate philanthropy from a research perspective and the unique features of philanthropy in Europe and especially in Switzerland. Professor von Schnurbein also explains his plans for the Basel Convention on Philanthropy on the 19th and 20th of November 2018.

Professor Dr. Georg von Schnurbein is Associate Professor of foundation management and director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies of the University of Basel.

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How can data be effectively used?

Grantbook provides philanthropic and digital consulting to grantmakers and impact investors to help them reach their highest potential. In an interview with Michael Alberg-Seberich, James Law, Director, Partner & Relationship Development, explains how data can be effectively used, what challenges exist when implementating digital strategies and tools, and what digitisation means for the corporate culture.



What are the challenges for philanthropy and civil society?

For many years, Dr. Rupert Graf von Strachwitz has been conducting research on philanthropy in Europe. Previously, he has worked several years in the United States. Together with our managing director Michael Alberg-Seberich he discusses the differences between philanthropy in Europe and the USA, his passion for diaspora philanthropy, challenges for philanthropy and civil society as well as his favorite story about philanthropic impact.



Social Innovation

What is social innovation?
Why is it so prominent now?
And what is the Canadian contribution to the social innovation movement?
are among the questions that Tim Draimin and Michael Alberg-Seberich discuss in this podcast.

Tim Draimin is Senior Advisor to the McConnell Foundation and former Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation (SiG).


About the Book Social Innovation Generation

In the book Social Innovation Generation, we lay bare what our mission meant to us, why it mattered, what we learned, where we stumbled and our insights into how social innovation happens. This is our way of paying forward our insights, cultivated in collaboration with dozens of generous partners over the years.
As a partnership, we collectively sought to exemplify our logo—the dandelion—helping to seed and nurture the field of social innovation. Sharing our decade-long journey is our final step. With a final deep breath, we blow the remaining seeds as far afield as possible to nurture the landscape supporting social innovators across Canada and around the world.





Are we prepared for Millennials?

What are the characteristics of this generation? How do Millennials engage with causes? What are the implications for society and companies? Michael Alberg-Seberich discusses these questions with Derrick Feldmann, the lead researcher of the Millennial Impact Project. The Project is the largest body of data and analysis on how US millennials interact with causes. Since beginning the study in 2009, Achieve has researched the behaviour and preferences of more than 100,000 millennials (born 1980-2000) through surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews.

Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher, and advisor for cause and corporate social responsibility engagement. The annual Millennial Impact Report is cited regularly by such outlets as Forbes, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.