Anand Giridharadas (previously) is the Aspen Fellow/McKinsey consultant turned anticapitalist gadfly whose brilliant book Winners Take All exposes the "philanthrophy" of the ultra-rich as a form of reputation-laundering with the side benefit of allowing some of history's greatest monsters to look at themselves in the mirror.
Enter Harvard University, whose graduates constitute some of the world's richest, most sociopathic, most generous donors to any university — the Harvard endowment was selected for study by Thomas Piketty in his Capital in the Twenty-First Century because it is the only privately held, oligarch-scale fortune whose books are open for study.
Now, the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard, along with the Harvard College Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA) and the American Humanist Association have given Giridharadas their Rushdie Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, which is presented at a big "social enterprise" conference put on every year by the Harvard School of Government and its business school, where Giridharadas will present the keynote for "1000 top leaders, practitioners and students."
Congrats to Giridharadas, of course, but more important, bravo to the Harvard Humanists!
We are particularly proud to announce, therefore, that Giridharadas will accept our 2019 award as part of delivering the opening keynote for this year's 20th annual Social Enterprise Conference, a joint production of students at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, set to bring together approximately 1000 top leaders, practitioners and students on March 2-3, 2019 to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around Social Enterprise. Much of this year's conference will effectively be an opportunity to respond to Giridharadas's call for self-examination and change by precisely the sort of leaders that can often be found at HBS and HKS (and, perhaps, at some humanist gatherings!). We look forward to this year's celebration as a special opportunity for open and critical dialogue.
Anand Giridharadas To Receive Rushdie Award [Humanist Hub]