Ethical Philanthropy – How do we do better at doing good?

22 July, 2019

‘Ethical Philanthropy – How do we do better at doing good?’ was the topic of the 2019 Liffman Lecture. While most people want to do good, how do you do the most good?

Hosted by Swinburne and the Swinburne Philanthropy and Social Impact Alumni (SPSIA), renowned ethicist Peter Singer AC joined Peter Mares, Cranlana’s Lead Moderator, and Leigh Mathews, Victorian Young Australian of the Year 2009, Cranlana alumna and founder of ALTO Global Consulting, in a robust and uncompromising discussion.

The Liffman Lecture honours pioneering social impact educator, Dr Michael Liffman, and recognises the vital contribution he has made to the Australian philanthropic sector through the development of Swinburne’s professional and academic pathway for the field of philanthropy and social investment. The Swinburne Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy, was the first academic qualification in philanthropy in Australia. Established in 2002 the program – now known as the Master of Social Impact – has grown from strength to strength, with many students going on to leadership roles in the philanthropic and social impact sector.

Michael Liffman also collaborated with Ken Myer to create the Cranlana Programme, now Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. Established in 1993 by the Myer Foundation, the Cranlana Programme was created to promote informed discussion about responsible, ethical leadership. It was inspired by the Aspen Institute in the United States, and recognised that there was too great a focus on management and not enough on leading. Ken and Michael created a course that would inspire a new generation of Australian luminaries to take a new approach to leadership.

Watch the full lecture here.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership’s programs include the 2 day Executive Ethics, 6 day Executive Colloquium and year-long Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. We also deliver online and tailored corporate programs. Find the right program for you. They are all held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage genuine and open debate, and allow participants to candidly discuss sometimes sensitive issues in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public, and contribute to a broader conversation. The alumni program offers ongoing leadership development support and a lifelong connection with Cranlana.