Few people know about William Beveridge’s third report, Voluntary Action. But for Beveridge private action for public purpose was an essential complement to the welfare state. As both state and market fail to resolve social problems, such action is experiencing resurgence and disruption. New institutions and organisations – impact investing, venture philanthropy and social enterprise – supplement or replace traditional nonprofit organisations and charities. But what is the role of private action for public good in the construction of the 21st century welfare state? How should the state, market and voluntary organisations work together? Does the welfare state even crowd out valuable voluntary action? Using Beveridge’s Voluntary Action as a springboard, LSE’s Marshall Institute brings together a distinguished panel of LSE staff and alumni to discuss these questions.
Thomas Hughes-Hallett (@SirTomHH) spent 25 years in investment banking, before becoming CEO of Marie Curie from 2000 to 2012. In 2011 he chaired The Philanthropy Review, an independent assessment of British philanthropy. A former Chair of Imperial College’s Global Health Institute, Tom is now Chair of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, Chair and Co-founder of the Marshall Institute, Trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Founder and Chair of HelpForce, a new community interest company which supports volunteering within health and social care in England.
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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)