Podcast from the field

With our podcasts we aim to build a bridge between developments in Philanthropy and CSR fields in Europe and around the globe. Enjoy!

  • How does social purpose determine a company’s success?

    …or how a famous Hollywood actor triggered a change of corporate thinking.

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of our network partner CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose®), Michael Alberg-Seberich hosts Daryl Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of the CEO-led alliance. CECP and its members advocate that corporate social strategies are crucial for their success.

    We are proud of having the unique opportunity to talk with Daryl Brewster about his overall work at CECP and its mission regarding the growing importance of purpose in the business world. Listen to this podcast and learn about some interesting insights into CECP, the corporate purpose debate and what role a legendary actor played in the entire story.

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  • Do we know best what others need?

    In this issues Phil Buchanan, Chief Executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), and Michael Alberg-Seberich discuss why business methods might not work best in the world of giving, why in philanthropy strategy has to be shared, and how the most effective organizations in philanthropy work. And, of course, they talk about CEP’s work and Phil’s latest book “Giving Done Right – Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count”.

    Phil Buchanan, Chief Executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), author of the recently published book “Giving Done Right”.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Impact Investing

    In our first Podcast after having rebranded to Wider Sense, Edward Jackson and Michael Alberg-Seberich talk about measurement, evaluation, and impact investing. “What is evaluation and when does it make sense to do an evaluation, how do we use all this data that is now available, how do the SDGs come into play in all of this? And why is participation so important for the success of impact investing?” are among the questions being discussed in this podcast.

    Edward Jackson is Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and an eminent evaluation expert and practitioner. https://carleton.ca/sppa/people/jackson-edward-t/

  • Impact Measurement and Integrated Data Ecosystems

    Our guest is Lisa Lalande, Executive Lead at Mowat NFP in Toronto, Canada. Find out what integrated data ecosystems are and in what way they are relevant for philanthropy, the third sector, and social innovation. Michael Alberg-Seberich and Lisa Lalande also discuss Lisa’s research on impact measurement and the relation between measurement and data ecosystems.


  • Next Generation Giving

    Our guests are Sharna Goldseker and Prof. Michael Moody, authors of the book Generation Impact – How Next Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving, published by Wiley in 2017. The authors and our managing director, Michael Alberg-Seberich, explore – among others – how the future of next generation giving will look like and how the developments in this area are connected to the current debates around philanthropy, especially in the US.

    Sharna Goldseker, the Executive Director of 21/64 in New York (2164.net)

    Prof. Michael Moody, the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University in Michigan (johnsoncenter.org/chairs-fellowships/freyGeneration Impact – How Next Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving, Wiley, 2017)

  • Foundation Transparency

    What is compliant, situational, and enthusiast transparency?

    Our guest is Dr. Bob Reid, CEO of the JF Maddox Foundation based in Hobbs, New Mexico. We started a conversation a couple of months ago because of his article “Foundation Transparency: Opacity – It is complicated” in the March issue of The Foundation Review. Among others, Dr. Reid explains his concept of the three different kinds of transparency among foundations: compliant, situational, and enthusiast.

    Dr. Reid had a long career in the healthcare sector before he joined the world of philanthropy. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from Oklahoma State University.


  • Transformative Philanthropy – Podcast with Ise Bosch

    In this edition Ise Bosch, Founder & CEO of Dreilinden, and Michael Alberg-Seberich discuss transformative philanthropy – also the title of Ise’s latest book in which she looks back on 20 years philanthropic involvement. Ise explains her approach to giving, the dynamics of power and trust, and also points out the advantages and challenges of this approach.

    More information on Dreilinden and “Giving with Trust”:

  • Strategic Philanthropy

    What is strategic philanthropy? Why is it important to listen to the grantees? What are trends in philanthropy? And how does #MeToo come into this play? Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, authors of Money Well Spent, discuss these and other questions with Michael Alberg-Seberich.

    From 2000 until 2012 Paul Brest was President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is a legal scholar and was the Dean of the Stanford Law School. Today he is the Co-Director of Stanford Center in Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Stanford Law and Policy Lab.

    Hal Harvey was the Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He founded the ClimateWorks Foundation. Today he is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm.

  • Philanthropy and Purpose

    In this edition Michael Alberg-Seberich speaks with one of the world’s leading scholars of human development, Professor William Damon. They look into some of the more recent questions Professor Damon has raised in his work around family businesses – and how all is connected to purpose, philanthropy and giving.

    William Damon is a Professor of Education at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence.


  • Challenging Questions on Corporate Philanthropy

    Get to know Professor von Schnurbein’s work at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) of the University of Basel. Learn about, among others, the challenging questions on corporate philanthropy from a research perspective and the unique features of philanthropy in Europe and especially in Switzerland. Professor von Schnurbein also explains his plans for the Basel Convention on Philanthropy on the 19th and 20th of November 2018.

    Professor Dr. Georg von Schnurbein is Associate Professor of foundation management and director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies of the University of Basel.

    Center for Philanthropy Studies

  • How Can Data Be Effectively Used?

    Grantbook provides philanthropic and digital consulting to grantmakers and impact investors to help them reach their highest potential. In an interview with Michael Alberg-Seberich, James Law, Director, Partner & Relationship Development, explains how data can be effectively used, what challenges exist when implementing digital strategies and tools, and what digitalisation means for the corporate culture.


  • What are the Challenges for Philanthropy and Civil Society?

    For many years, Dr. Rupert Graf von Strachwitz has been conducting research on philanthropy in Europe. Previously, he has worked in the United States for several years. Together with our managing director Michael Alberg-Seberich he discusses the differences between philanthropy in Europe and the USA, his passion for diaspora philanthropy, challenges for philanthropy and civil society as well as his favorite story about philanthropic impact.


  • Social Innovation

    What is social innovation?
    Why is it so prominent now?
    And what is the Canadian contribution to the social innovation movement?
    are among the questions that Tim Draimin and Michael Alberg-Seberich discuss in this podcast.

    Tim Draimin is Senior Advisor to the McConnell Foundation and former Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG).


    About the Book Social Innovation Generation

    In the book Social Innovation Generation, we lay bare what our mission meant to us, why it mattered, what we learned, where we stumbled and our insights into how social innovation happens. This is our way of paying forward our insights, cultivated in collaboration with dozens of generous partners over the years.

    As a partnership, we collectively sought to exemplify our logo—the dandelion—helping to seed and nurture the field of social innovation. Sharing our decade-long journey is our final step. With a final deep breath, we blow the remaining seeds as far afield as possible to nurture the landscape supporting social innovators across Canada and around the world.


  • Are we prepared for Millennials?

    What are the characteristics of this generation? How do millennials engage with causes? What are the implications for society and companies? Michael Alberg-Seberich discusses these questions with Derrick Feldmann, the lead researcher of the Millennial Impact Project. The project is the largest body of data and analysis on how US millennials interact with causes. Since beginning of the study in 2009, Achieve has researched the behaviour and preferences of more than 100,000 millennials (born 1980-2000) through surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews.

    Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher, and advisor for cause and corporate social responsibility engagement. The annual Millennial Impact Report is cited regularly by such outlets as Forbes, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.