Radical Redistribution

About This Episode

In 2018, Americans gave away $428 billion dollars, with 30% of it coming from the top half of the 1% of earners. More than $142 billion went to causes dictated by only a small number of Americans–a power that some consider undemocratic in a democracy. Now, envision a world with philanthropy that is structured radically differently – or perhaps doesn’t exist at all. The question stands: how can we disrupt hierarchies that currently exist and who is already doing so? What successful practices can we lift up? Where should the field of philanthropy go from here? 

In this podcast, we explore these questions with Gara LaMarche, President of the Democracy Alliance and long-time advisor to and critic of traditional philanthropy, and Holly Fetter, a member of Resource Generation, an organization of young people with access to wealth who are pushing for those with wealth and class privilege to be more accountable to communities experiencing oppression and inequality. 

This podcast was brought to you by Liz Weingartner, Karl Kumodzi, Sophie Dover, and Barbara Bush. 

The music was created by Charles Copley.

An enormous thank you to Gara LaMarche and Holly Fetter for their participation and to Professor Megan Ming Francis for her thought-provoking scholarship and class.

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To get further involved with Resource Generation’s campaign for wealth redistribution, particularly during COVID-19, check out Resource Generation’s #sharemycheck campaign.

Liz Weingartner

is a graduating MPA/MBA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan who is passionate about creating a future full of high-quality education for all children from birth.

Karl Kumodzi

is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a social movement organizer currently working at Blackbird.

Sophie Dover

a graduating MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, has sought to build partnerships and accountability structures between communities and power brokers in her work in community health and affordable housing. She is passionate about racial justice and wealth redistribution. 

Barbara Bush

an MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, has worked to advance global health equity for the past 15 years, most recently as co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, an organization devoted to building the next generation of global health leaders.