November 5, 2018
Guest Blog

My post-PFC conference reading list

Jillian Witt

One of the many benefits of conferences like PFC’s, is listening to your colleagues and what issues are on their mind. Inevitably, my reading list grows. Here are a few of the books and reports I’ve added to my reading list since attending PFC a couple weeks ago. What did you add to your reading list? Share in the comments section below.

 

The New Newsroom, Catherine Wallace

The consequences of a dying newsroom are clearer every day. Catherine Wallace’s series provides examples of new ways of doing journalism that bring together a range of actors, including philanthropy, to support an informed citizenry. I’m especially interested to read more about the concept of “civic information” she discussed in the breakout session on the intersection of philanthropy and public interest journalism.

 

Decolonizing Wealth, Edgar Villanueva

I’ve already started reading this one. In his brand new book, Edgar Villanueva explores how the colonialist roots of philanthropy are perpetuated today and offers the philanthropic sector seven steps to healing. You can also learn more about the author in his interview with fellow conference attendee, Justin Wiebe in The Philanthropist.

 

Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks

Jon McPhedran-Waitzer mentioned this book in the breakout session on data for impact. In the session, the speakers spoke about a coalition developing a joint policy agenda around data sharing in Canada. If done well, access to government data has the potential to better track outcomes and inform policy, but if done poorly, it can intensify the very issues that organizations are looking to address. Virginia Eubanks book, Automating Inequality, shares some examples of the consequences we want to avoid in Canada.

 

European Philanthropy, The Philanthropist series with the Lawson Foundation

Alright, to be honest I’ve already read this series but I can’t help but plug it here because it came up so much at the conference. Did you know that over one million French citizens have money in solidarity-based financial products? While this series highlights what is happening in Europe, it’s is a great reminder of what we have to learn from across the globe. I’m going to follow speaker Gerry Salole’s advice and start looking into philanthropy trends in China too.

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