Video: TEDTAlk on Philanthropy

In the spirit of my earlier posts on Philanthropy, I enjoyed this presentation, with its thought-provoking questions.

Question #1: Can I make a difference?

He offers this site as an innovative way to think about philanthropic giving, even on a modest salary: www.givingwhatwecan.org

Question #2: Do I have to give up my career?

He argues that banking and finance, for example, can allow you to earn a lot of money, in order to give away a lot of money.

Question #3: Isn’t charity bureaucratic and ineffective?  Some are more effective than others.  We can look at returns on charitable investment at a site like www.givewell.com

Question #4: Isn’t it a burden to give up so much?

This question and answer in particular made me think of the importance of philanthropy for feeling good about our place in the world.

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