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Lunch & Learn seminar - 12/1

posted 14 Nov 2011, 02:22 by Arthur GAUTIER
The ESSEC chair in Philanthropy
is delighted to invite you to the 4th edition of its "Lunch & Learn" seminars
which will be held on:

Thursday, December 1st 2011
12:15 - 2 p.m.
at the ESSEC CNIT Campus, Paris-La Défense,
access 2, room 104
(Metro stop: La Défense - Grande Arche)

What should a government do to encourage philanthropy and social investment?
A look at the “Big Society” policies in the UK

Philanthropy and government intervention are often viewed as substitutes. The “crowding out” argument in the economic literature suggests that the larger welfare states grow, the smaller private donations become. Hence the idea that philanthropy and the nonprofit sector could replace welfare programs if provided with the appropriate incentives. Since the 2010 general election, the UK government has encouraged such views through the “Big Society” allegory, and sponsored local and community-based programs in order to unleash entrepreneurial spirit in social matters. Yet this policy has been widely criticized as utopian, uncertain, unequal, insincere or even authoritarian. The British example illustrates a universal debate of particular relevance today: What should a government do – if anything – to foster “private initiatives for public good”? How is it possible to boost philanthropy and social investment despite the financial and debt crisis?

Our guest speakers will be:

David Carrington, independent consultant, co-founder of Alliance Publishing Trust (UK).

John Kingston, chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, founder of Venturesome (UK).

The debate will be moderated by Arthur Gautier,
from the ESSEC chair in Philanthropy.

The seminar will be held in English

The seminar fee is 10 EUR (including lunchbag) per person.
Payment in cash or check on-site.

Seats are limited, please register now by sending an e-mail to Claire Morkel:

Gilberte NGUYEN,
14 Nov 2011, 02:22