Technological changes are bringing amazing opportunities at a dizzying pace, but also huge risks as they amplify and mirror existing inequalities. I joined Lauren Khan of BT, and Elizabeth Stuart of Pathways for Prosperity, to discuss the role of regulation at a time when tech companies are more powerful than nation states, and what we … Continue reading “CHATHAM HOUSE DEBATE – LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND IN THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION”
As the world’s rich and powerful gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum, Oxfam published its annual report on global inequality. This year we highlighted how our upside-down economy chronically under-values the billions of hours of caring – cleaning, cooking, looking after children and the elderly – predominantly done by women and girls, who … Continue reading “Why our economy is just plain sexist”
While in Geneva for the UN Global Refugee Forum I spoke to World Radio Switzerland about how Oxfam is changing in order to tackle challenges from disasters to inequality and climate change, while ensuring we live up to our responsibilities to protect all those we work with.
I joined author Linsey McGoey, Rhodri Davies of Charities Aid Foundation, Melissa Berman of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, among others, for an interesting discussion about the role of philanthropy in the modern world. I argued that while the best philanthropy can be transformative, we can’t just rely on the generosity of the ultra rich – we … Continue reading “BBC WORLD SERVICE: PHILANTHROPY – DOES IT WORK?”
At the UN General Assembly in New York the BBC organised a debate on global inequality – why it matters, and what can be done about it. I asked the panel – Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim, Dutch minister Sigrid Kaag, actor John Fugelsang and head of US Heritage Foundation Kay James – whether they agreed … Continue reading “BBC World Debate – For Richer For Poorer: Does Global Inequality Matter?”
How can companies ensure they are doing good, not harm? Can a social purpose be authentically embedded into the business plan, so that profit and power are genuinely shared? These are some of the issues I debated with business leaders at the annual Business Fights Poverty conference in Oxford.
I was invited as a guest to launch a new podcast series called Conduit Conversations. The series is aimed at anyone interested in creating a better future, offering unique insights and practical advice. The presenter Paul and I spoke about how we need to rethink traditional campaigning models and the way that ideas are generated … Continue reading “Podcast: Conduit Conversations”
The theme of TEDxLondon this year was Beyond Borders. I sat down with Conduit Club founder Paul Van Zyl to talk about why, at a time when the world has never had more wealth and knowledge, billions of people are still missing out on healthcare and education, and power is still so unequally shared. Watch … Continue reading “TEDxLondon – In Conversation with Paul Van Zyl”
Last week I spoke at the annual conference of National Council for Voluntary Organisations in London, which was celebrating its centenary. At a time when our politics are divided, inequality is rising, trust is plummeting and the planet is burning, the role of charities, activists and civil society in building deeper connections to achieve positive … Continue reading “Keynote speech to NCVO annual conference – Why we need to make this the century of the citizen”