Another year and another successful annual Attlee Lecture. Speaking on the subject of philanthropy, fairness and democracy, Stuart Etherington outlined the role of philanthropy in today’s society, suggesting that the role of philanthropy is to ‘mind the gap’ between the state, the market and the individual. Philanthropy, he said, should be focussed on innovation to pump prime new ideas and services that the state and market cannot, as the Attlee Foundation has achieved in creating the Attlee Youth and Community Centre.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman reaffirmed his support for the voluntary sector, stating that “Promoting fairness and democracy requires a multi-agency approach where public, private, third sector and faith organisations work together, alongside residents.
“Tower Hamlets Council has demonstrated its commitment to reducing inequality by working with Tonybee Hall to launch the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission earlier this week.
“As the commissioners undertake research over the next few months I hope the Attlee Foundation will share their insight into these issues and help shape the recommendations for making Tower Hamlets a fairer and more cohesive borough.”
Chair of the Attlee Foundation, Richard Henchley added that “Attlee regarded voluntary activity and contribution as a duty of citizenship in a civilised society. It is a privilege for us to host the leaders of the voluntary sector and our Borough at a time when we are developing a pioneering family-based community hub with our voluntary sector partners.”
We here at the Attlee Foundation would just like to thank all those who attended and donated generously, particularly to Sir Stuart Etherington for his fascinating and thought-provoking thesis.
If you would like to view the transcript of Sir Stuart Etherington’s lecture on ‘Philanthropy, Fairness and Democracy’, just follow the download link below.