Public Lecture by Dr Linsey McGoey & Book Launch ‘Funding, Power and Community Development’

Public Lecture by Dr Linsey McGoey, author of ‘No Such Thing as Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy’

followed by the launch of:

‘Funding, Power and Community Development’ edited by Fergal Finnegan and Niamh McCrea

with a response by Dr John Bissett

Monday 29th April, 6-8pm, F2 Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8

Please join us for a public lecture by Dr Linsey McGoey of Essex University. Linsey has written extensively on the topic of philanthrocapitalism and is the author of the hugely influential book No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy. Naomi Klein described McGoey’s book as ‘path-breaking’ and ‘a sorely needed, historically grounded investigation into the difference between philanthropy and justice.’

Linsey’s talk will be followed by the launch of a new book edited by Niamh McCrea and Fergal Finnegan, called Funding, Power and Community Development which is published by Policy Press as part of its Rethinking Community Development series. Community worker, Dr John Bissett will provide a response.

Funding, Power and Community Development draws together a diverse range of international academics, community workers and activists to critically explore the politics of funding for community development. The collection unpacks such funding models as social finance, philanthropy, state partnership and corporate social responsibility. Thematically, the book addresses topics like popular democracy, the state-market relationship, the effects of managerialism, and community autonomy.

Dr John Bisset is a community worker with Canal Communities Regional Addiction Service and is a member of St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Team. John has been centrally involved with a host of community activist groups including the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope, Anglo: Not Our Debt and Housing Action Now. He is author of Regeneration: Public Good or Private Profit (Dublin: TASC/New Island, 2008) which tells the story of the ten-year battle to secure decent housing waged by residents of St Michael’s Estate, and the spectacular collapse of the Public-Private Partnership between Dublin City Council and private developers.

The event will take place on Monday 29th of April from 6-8pm at the F2 Centre in Rialto, Dublin. Rialto is easily accessible from the centre of Dublin via the Red Luas Line.

All welcome!


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