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Weekly round-up- The fallacy of philanthropy, Japanese pensioners in jail, Alternative Camden & more!

Published Date: 4 February 2019

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!


Duncan Collins-Adams: Anand Giridharadas on the fallacy of billionaire philanthropy

The ‘insiders’ outsider’ has made a name for himself by skewering plutocratic pieties. (via The Financial Times, February 2019)


Julie Munk: How collaborative philanthropy efforts are starting to learn from one another

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth are committing $50 million over five years in a collaborative philanthropy model they are asking other companies and philanthropies to join. (via Devex, January 2019)


Duncan Collins-Adams: The Cost of Inequality

Economic inequality continues to drive a populist backlash against a status quo that favours elite. How can policy changes and technological innovations change this dynamic? (via The World Economic Forum, January 2019)


Marco Shek: Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail

Japan is in the grip of an elderly crime wave - the proportion of crimes committed by people over the age of 65 has been steadily increasing for 20 years. (via The Guardian, January 2019)


Jordan Junge: This healthcare giant invests millions in affordable housing to keep people healthy

Kaiser Permanente realized that investment in housing is an investment in health, and so it’s offering funds to help keep apartment buildings affordable and finding housing for homeless residents. (via Fast Company, January 2019)


Duncan Collins-Adams: Merseyside’s Fightback Against Universal Credit

Universal Credit, the largest welfare reform in a generation was supposed to make receiving benefits and getting back into work easier but for many this has had the opposite effect. Delays in payments, sanctions and underpayments have seen a rise in people being forced to use food banks, falling into rent arrears and even homelessness. (via The Huffington Post, January 2019)


Julie Munk: Poland’s democratic spring: the fightback starts here

From air quality to sex education and corruption, citizens across the country are taking on the authorities – and winning. (via The Guardian, January 2019)


So Jung Rim: Alt.Cmd [Alternative.Camden]

We need an alternative vision for the future of our cities. For London. (via Dark Matter Labs, January 2019)