3 min – my first discomfort came w public attitude.. they were locked in w global voices via those who speak the loudest.. ie: best response to global poverty for rich people to give money to poor people et al..
4 min – that poor people need to be more like rich people.. virtue=wealth.. poverty=lack of virtue.. because
so hooked on charity story.. because so hooked on charity business model..
6 min – questioning that.. led to.. opp to help set up the rules..
7 min – deconstructed wording of ngo.. 6 yrs ago.. started the rules 3 yrs ago (video in 2015)
8 min – peak – didn’t mind that it was going to take a long time.. but that people didn’t seem to be rising to the challenge.. the rules was a relief
11 min – joe: trust your intuition.. seek truth..
Why is development failing? This brings us to what the Gates’ letter omits. The letter focuses so unwaveringly on foreign aid that you’d be forgiven for believing that charity is all that’s needed to address poverty. We hear nothing of the systemic forces that drive poverty and inequality in the first place, such as – to name just two relevant examples – tax evasion and avoidance, and intellectual property rights.
yes.. let’s go deeper
For all its candor and color, here, in black and white, is what the annual letter doesn’t tell you: that our global economic system is designed in such a way as to channel our planet’s wealth into the hands of a tiny elite. The proof? The eight richest men in the world – of whom Bill Gates is one, even after donating $30 billion to the foundation – have more personal wealth than the poorest half of the world’s population combined.
Changing that system at its root – by *stopping illicit financial flows, shutting down tax havens, creating a fairer trade system, battling climate change and helping to build resilient local economies and communities – would require those with power and wealth to dismantle the very machine that created their privilege. That sounds unattainable but if the Greek roots of the word philanthropy literally mean for “**the love of humanity” surely such drastic change that would benefit people and planet is the point
**let’s go more drastic..
via Martin and Alnoor (2016)
If the rules are to be changed, we cannot expect the system to autocorrect. We must change them manually.
Aggregate economic growth does not translate into less poverty.
We become connected, in very real and actionable ways, by a realization that we are all being screwed by the same basic set of rules.
Most importantly, we start to see new and different solutions. Ideas that previously seemed to only mitigate one problem can start to be seen to mitigate all.
As we contract new types of relationships, with each other, with our communities, with nature itself, we will usher in new types of social relations based on a vast range of diverse and mutually supporting solutions that will render the old paradigm, with its slavish adherence to ideas like perpetual growth, wholly obsolete.
Martin Kirk (@martinkirk_co) tweeted at 4:52 AM – 12 Jul 2017 :
Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem? https://t.co/p3NTTOTIuL (http://twitter.com/martinkirk_co/status/885089421082734592?s=17)
..there’s something fundamentally flawed about a system that has a prime directive to churn nature and humans into capital
ours is a system that is programmed to subordinate life to the imperative of profit.
millennials aren’t bogged down by these dusty old binaries. For them the matter is simple: They can see that capitalism isn’t working for the majority of humanity, and they’re ready to invent something better.
Our leaders will tell us that these ideas are not feasible, but what is not feasible is the assumption that we can carry on with the status quo
Martin Kirk (@martinkirk_co) tweeted at 10:25 AM on Tue, Aug 01, 2017:
Capitalism’s excesses belong in the dustbin of history. What’s next is up to us | Martin Kirk https://t.co/mShvjc2eNE
seemed unable to even engage with the notion that capitalism itself might be the problem.
why would anyone want to denigrate that capacity by believing that capitalism is the final system we can come up with?
We can start by changing how we understand and measure progress.
Let your mind alone and see what happens