This economist believes that to help the poor, we should look to local entrepreneurs, not foreign aid. At a recent conference, William Easterly exhorted a few hundred listeners: “Let’s rebel against policymakers. Let development spread.”
One must look at development and giving people the tools to build a community from the bottom up before simply “providing aid” in a place foreign to them. An interesting article published in The Rotarian, produced by an organization whose mission is to give. Serving people with acute cultural relativism and humility, going in with an open mind and heart is vastly more important than simply doing what the foreigners think is right. Systemic changes are absolutely necessary, but a resilient community is built by its people, for its people.
“Classical music is the sum of all its institutions, performers, and listeners, plus a thousand-year-old cultural lineage; it can’t be snuffed out through any combination of bankrupt orchestras and mediocre album sales. What’s most remarkable, perhaps, is that the industry remains relatively vibrant in the face of an American media culture that appears so determined to marginalize it.”—William Robin explains why classical music isn’t really dead: http://nyr.kr/1exOBLR (via newyorker)
In the age of Twitter and Facebook, it’s easy for the annual Christmas card to feel a bit dated. The Holderness family of Raleigh, NC, appears to have turned convention on its head with their card — a now hugely viral video called Christmas Jammies, or more appropriately 2013, #XMAS JAMMIES.