Ewan Kirk, co-founder of the Turner Kirk Trust, on philanthropy and risk-taking

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Ewan Kirk, co-founder of the Turner Kirk Trust and former partner at Goldman Sachs, on philanthropy and risk-taking.


Ewan is a philanthropist with a head for numbers and we look at the interaction between philanthropy and risk.


The question: Is the world of philanthropy too risk averse?


Ewan is the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Chairman of DeepTech Labs, and a Non-executive Director of BAE Systems. 


He argues that philanthropic capital should have the highest risk tolerance. It's important to encourage grantees to take risks, to let them know it’s ok to experiment and to give them permission to fail.


We look at a specific case study and encourage others to consider how they embrace risk in their philanthropy.


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