Gift and Social Enterprise

The Distillery Season 2


The lines between business and charity are dissolving, and a new category—social enterprise—is emerging. In this episode, Mark Sampson explains that the Church is not immune to the effects of this shift. Yet, he believes that the language of gift and reciprocity enables Christians to imagine creative new economic possibilities and engage with their communities through enterprise.

The Distillery is a podcast that explores the essential ingredients of book and research projects with experts in their field of study. Learn what motivates their work and why it matters for Christian theology and ministry.

Sampson Mark

Mark Sampson is part of the leadership team of Matryoshka Haus, a charity working at the intersection between innovation and social impact. Mark is also a director of the Transformational Index, which offers products, tools, and services for measuring social impact, and Cocreate Consulting, a cooperative consultancy. He is currently studying for a doctorate in economics and theology at King's College in London, considering the role of social enterprise in an alternative economic imagination. He is a KLICE award holder in business and economics. Mark holds an MA in Theology and Culture from Regent College, Vancouver, and a BSocSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Mark is also a trustee of Paradise Cooperative, an urban farming initiative in London.

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