Lecture Series 2017

Marshall Institute Lecture Series on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

The Marshall Institute invites you on a structured journey through the field of private action for public benefit, guided by leading practitioners and thinkers. Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are vital, but poorly understood, account for trillions of dollars and affects the lives of millions. The Marshall Institute is committed to improve our understanding of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

On 14 November, the 2017 Marshall Institute Lecture Series on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship began. This is a unique learning experience for LSE students, staff and alumni.

Together, we explore how to start a social enterprise and hear from people who have done so successfully. We look at altruistic capital and how companies and organisations can develop or deplete the will to do good in their employees. We debate the power dynamics of philanthropy and what it takes to be an effective philanthropist. 

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The lectures

14 November: How to be a social entrepreneur

Marshall Institute Director, Professor Stephan Chambers, introduces the key components in social entrepreneurship and gives you an idea of how to get started. He will be joined by social entrepreneur, Rupert Howes, who shares his journey from obtaining a MSc in Environmental Technology to working to save the world’s oceans through sustainable fishing.

Before joining the Marshall Institute, Stephan Chambers was the Co-Founder of the Skoll World Forum, Chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Saїd Business School, Oxford University. Stephan wrote a regular entrepreneurship column for the Financial Times and, in 2014, was special advisor to Larry Brilliant and Jeff Skoll at the Skoll Global Threats Fund in California. He is also Programme Director of LSE’s new Executive MSc Social Business and Entrepreneurship. 

Rupert Howes is Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council, an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing. MSC uses their ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood and working with partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.

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21 November: Learning from the world's first development impact bond in education

Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls, a non-profit organisation working for girls’ education in some of the most educationally backward districts of India.

An LSE graduate, Safeena was involved in various development projects spanning South America, Africa and Asia for 10 years. In India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – girls’ education. Safeena, together with a local team, successfully conducted a 500-school pilot in Pali, Rajasthan, and established Educate Girls as an NGO in 2007. With focus on enrolment, retention and learning, Educate Girls has metamorphosed into a 21,000+ schools program, with over 200,000 girls enrolled in school till date, reaching over 4.9 million total beneficiaries.

The lecture will be chaired by Marshall Institute Director, Stephan Chambers.

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15 January: Altruistic capital (new date)

In this lecture, Professor Nava Ashraf will discuss her ongoing work on altruistic capital, which re-considers altruism as a capacity that develops over time, and like other forms of capital, may accumulate or deplete. She will explore how altruistic capital may be leveraged, and how we can build incentives, institutions, and organisations to build pro-social behavior over a lifetime.

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16 January: How to be an effective philanthropist

We ask the experts, Fran Perrin and Jamie Cooper, how to be an effective philanthropist. How do you find the right causes to give to? What are the pitfalls of philanthropy and how do you avoid them? How do you become a philanthropist? 

Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999 and now runs with her husband, William. Fran is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of 360Giving. Fran was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office. In 2012, Fran was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears.

Jamie Cooper is founding Chair and President of Big Win Philanthropy. Jamie has more than 20 years’ experience in bringing private sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy on economic and social issues. She previously co-founded the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and served as its President and CEO. 

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Marshall Institute Founder and Chair, will chair the conversation. Tom spent 25 years in the investment banking world, creating a new investment banking business in the 1980's, before becoming CEO of Marie Curie Cancer Care from 2000 to 2012. Since 2000, his life has been devoted to philanthropy.

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23 January: Handing out, handing up – power dynamics in philanthropy

What happens to the power in a collaboration when you give an organisation or individual money? We have invited Sally Osberg from the Skoll Foundation and Ann Cotton from Camfed, who have received money from the foundation to a conversation about the power dynamics in philanthropy. Joining the will also be Fiona Muchembere from the High Court of Zimbabwe, who received support from Camfed to get her law degree. 

Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organisation in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Skoll Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide. 

One of the ventures, who have benefitted from an investment from the Skoll Foundation is Camfed. Founder and President, Ann Cotton, will join us to talk about the collaboration. Camfed tackle poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and by empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Since 1993, Camfed’s education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported 1,876,214 students to attend primary and secondary school, and more than four million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.

Fiona Mavhinga was one of the first young women who completed her education with Camfed’s support. Today, Fiona is a lawyer and leads on the strategic development of the Camfed Association (CAMA), a powerful pan-African network of educated young women leaders and philanthropists, whose membership grew to 100,000 in 2017. Having experienced first-hand the vulnerability even of those young women who manage to complete secondary school – with no resources, and no employment opportunities available in rural areas - Fiona became a key founder of the CAMA network.

The conversation will be chaired by Stephan Chambers

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30 January: Just films in an unjust world

Cara Mertes is part of the Creativity and Free Expression team, as director of JustFilms, the Ford Foundation's creative visual storytelling initiative. JustFilms works globally to support artist-led films and new media projects, strengthen organisations and networks for independent and artist-driven content, and develop new leadership and resources in this field.

Straight from Sundance Film Festival 2018, Cara Mertes will speak about Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative and discuss how philanthropy is leveraging film and narrative-centered strategies for social justice. As part of the presentation, she will preview some films and initiatives which are making an impact, including Stories of Change with the Skoll Foundation, the JustFilms Global Film Network and the new Pop Culture Collaborative.

The lecture will be chaired by Stephan Chambers

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Practical information

All lectures start at 6.45pm – 8.15pm in the Old Theatre (OLD) in Michaelmas and Lent Terms.

The lecture series is open to all LSE students, staff and alumni.  

A certificate of attendance will be issued to those attending five or more events. 

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