*A Fellowship Council Working Group* A space for Fellowship Council members and other interested Fellows to examine and discuss the development of partnerships that the RSA has with other organisations.
Philanthropy is defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others.This group is initially looking at ethics, opportunities by sharing stories, skills and learning.Working with Cultivate we are running a series of roundtable sessions to start the philanthropy conversation. See More
Dr. M. May Seitanidi is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy, specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility, at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK.
Her research focuses on cross sector collaboration. May is interested in the role of collaboration as a facilitating agent for individual (micro) organisational (meso) and social change (macro) that promote cross sector social interactions for social sustainability. She believes that the key to profound change is ‘Overt Functional Conflict’ (OFC). May suggests in her book “The Politics of Partnerships. A Critical Examination of Nonprofit-Business Partnerships” (Springer) that in order to achieve sustainable outcomes we need to reduce the Deficit of Overt Functional Conflict. In other words, nonprofit organisations should challenge their business partners openly, while in partnership in order to facilitate mind-set changes that can lead in organisational and societal changes. Similarly, business should aim to challenge their nonprofit partners in order to increase their effectiveness & efficiency.
A visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) May serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.
May is working on the interface of business & nonprofit organisations for over 20 years. She was the founder of the Hellenic Sponsorship Centre, the Editor of the award winning magazine “Sponsors & Sponsorships” & currently the Editor of the "Annual Review of Social Partnerships", a unique independent electronic publication in the field of partnerships.
Journalist and trend forecaster James Wallman explains why more and more of us are suffering from “stuffocation” – where instead of feeling enriched by the things we own, we are stifled and overwhelmed by them.