Monthly Archives: November 2014

Poppies, philanthropy and philosophy

That’s a fairly heady combination – occasioned by taking part in the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy conference on “the peculiar institution of charity” at Cass Business School, London. Friends suggested meeting at the Tower of London beforehand to view the moat, filled with ceramic poppies to honour the UK’s war dead. The installation has divided opinion – with some taking particular exception to the Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones criticising the “fake nobility” of the memorial, and to his alternative suggestion that the moat should be filled with barbed wire and bones. Continue reading Poppies, philanthropy and philosophy