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Can the Gates Foundation Cede Power to Those It Seeks to Help?

Chronicle of Philanthropy:  The grant maker has an opportunity to solidify a new approach to what leadership looks like in the philanthropic world.

Interview: Why Funders Do More Good by Ceding Decision-Making Power

The Business of Giving: The following is a conversation between Meg Massey and Denver Frederick, the Host of The Business of Giving.

Restoring Democracy: Policy Juries

Medium: In an era of “alternative facts,” policy juries can take conversations out of a hyper-partisan frame.

Restoring Democracy: Legislative Theater

Medium: Can theater increase citizens’ voice and power to influence their government?

Restoring Democracy: Participatory Budgeting

Medium: Participatory budgeting can give people real agency over how their government spends its budget.

Can Real Participation Save Liberal Democracy?

Medium: A series exploring three ideas for re-engaging citizens in the democratic process.

Excerpt: The Legacy of the Giving Pledge

Medium: The secretive announcement shook up philanthropy. A dozen years later, we have to ask: was it for the better?

Book Talk: Participation Beyond Philanthropy

Speaking Event with Hannah Paterson: What does participatory funding look like beyond philanthropy?

Book Talk with Capita

Capita: A conversation with Ben Wrobel and Meg Massey as they tell the story of a growing reform movement inside philanthropy and impact investing – and a debate about power that has the potential to shape the way we fund activists and social entrepreneurs for years to come.

Giving Thought Podcast: Participatory Grantmaking

June 1st Podcast: Meg Massey and Hannah Peterson dicuss participatory approaches in philanthropy and social investment on Giving Thought, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank.