TEDx Altruism

Posted on November 19, 2013 by

Tuesday, November 26th, 6:00pm, downtown library.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. While thinking about what we’re thankful for, it’s common to think about ways in which we give and receive support and help from others. In this month’s program, our theme is “altruism.”

First off, we’ll hear from utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer who is an ethics professor at Princeton and the University of Melbourne. He will present a “minimize suffering, maximize well-being” approach to charity.

Next, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta will challenge the commonly held belief that a mark of a good non-profit is defined by the proportion of their budget that goes directly into the cause verses overhead or administration.

Lastly, we’ll hear from the director of the Centre for the Study of African Economics in Oxford, Paul Collier. Mr. Collier’s talk is titled “The Bottom Billion” and he lays out a bold and compassionate plan for opening opportunities to the poorest people in the world.

These talks, and the civil discussion we’ll have after each, will likely challenge, reinforce, or alter our individual and group beliefs on how charity and giving ought to work. While all ages are welcome, this program is most suited to older teens and adults.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

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