Viewpoints 2007: Intervening at the Inflection Point

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Maximilian Martin (Ed) UBS Philanthropy Services, 2007

This stimulating document contains a range of articles written by experienced and new philanthropic commentators who share a belief that global philanthropy is on the verge of a qualitative shift in contributing to the public good. The inflection point is said to exist where "the old strategic picture dissolves and gives way to the new". Not dissimilar to the idea of a 'tipping point', the authors argue that well-timed and skilfully designed philanthropic interventions can help us face the massive global challenges that humanity currently faces. The argument is illustrated with diverse examples including family foundations, social entrepreneurship and cultural philanthropy. Hard copies of this publication are available free, please email your request to