Michael Green and Matthew Bishop are the authors of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World
(sometimes called Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich can Save the World).
They have been touring Australia recently, presenting to an invitation only crowd of high net worth individuals on the benefits of treating philanthropy as an entrepreneurial venture – in the style of Bill and Melinda Gates, Ted Turner and Warren Buffett.
Unfortunately I didn’t score an invite to their talk in Melbourne, but you can listen here to a brief radio interview with Lindy Burns (which rather simplifies the idea of putting your philanthropic dollar to work with a strategic bent rather than just making a donation and hoping it helps).
I have the book in my hot little hand and will be posting a review/response in the next little while.
If anyone managed to get to their talks I would love to hear your views.
Do you think that philanthropists can create their own agenda to cure malaria, stop human trafficking, and provide clean water for everyone? and if so, how effective can this be? What are the implications for government responsibility?
I look forward to your views.