Philanthropy is theme of Green Templeton Lectures

The 2023 annual flagship lectures series will be convened by Principal Sir Michael Dixon and Associate Fellow Caroline Greenhalgh. They will explore whether philanthropy has a problem with evidence under the umbrella ‘Seeing is believing’.

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Three distinguished speakers will bring international perspectives to discussions on three aspects around this theme. US-based Dr Josh Yates will bring over two decades of academic research, community development practice, and social entrepreneurship to an opening lecture on the challenges and possibilities of venture philanthropy.

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen will deliver the second lecture drawing on her experience working at the head of both charities and foundations and as UN Assistant Secretary General. Rory Stewart will conclude the series drawing on his experiences including as UK Secretary of State for International Development, and most recently as President of GiveDirectly – a nonprofit that lets donors send money directly to the world’s poorest households.

The series will be an opportunity to utilise Green Templeton’s place at the intersection of research-led and practice-oriented thinking to provide a unique place to incubate ideas in this area of emerging academic inquiry.

The lectures will be held in hybrid format taking place both in person and being streamed online for a global audience.

Full lecture programme

Lecture 1 – Unlocking the benefits of venture philanthropy
Josh Yates Headshot In Shirt And JacketDr Josh Yates, CEO, Thriving Cities Group; Executive Director, Belmont Innovations Lab

Thursday 23 February at 18:00
EP Abraham Lecture Theatre and online

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Lecture 2 – Never walk alone: co-impact philanthropy

Anne Birgitte AlbrectsenAnne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, Lego Foundation (2021 to 2022); CEO, Plan International (2015 to 2021); former UN Assistant Secretary General

Thursday 27 April at 18:00
EP Abraham Lecture Theatre and online

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Lecture 3 and Keynote
Rory Stewart Picture In Active Discussion Tightly CroppedRt Hon Rory Stewart, President, GiveDirectly; host, The Rest Is Politics; former UK Secretary of State for International Development

Monday 5 June at 18:00
Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and online

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Created: 19 January 2023