Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

The dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba

He couldn’t tell they were Chinese: dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba, documented in US-based photographer’s exhibition. The first Chinese arrived in Cuba in the 1850s, but finding their mixed-race descendants on the streets of Havana today wasn’t easy for Lau Pok-chi. Among the subjects of the Hong Kong-born photographer’s exhibition in Shenzhen is a 90-year-old woman believed to be the…

Are your plans to go to Europe trumped?

During Wednesday (March 11, 2020) evening’s address from the Oval Office, President Trump announced a 30-day travel ban from Europe in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement immediately caused confusion, has been criticized by politicians and public health officials alike, and condemned by the European Union. What are the terms and conditions and . .  what can you do about…

“Maaaadaaaam”

Kadija was her name; she called me Madam. Kadija begged on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh where I lived and worked. The first morning I stepped out of my sixteen-story high-rise, walked past the two guards dressed in matching army green outfits with small square hats, and put my foot onto the unpaved road, she came running from her lookout…

World Central Kitchen

About World Central Kitchen From chef José Andrés Almost ten years ago, my wife Patricia and I had a big dream to start World Central Kitchen. We envisioned an organization that would create smart solutions to hunger and poverty, and for many years we saw an amazing impact through our clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures…

A volunteer-hailing app?

This App Wants To Make Volunteering As Easy as Getting An Uber. Madison Mikhail Bush has struck upon the idea of using an app to mimic the real-time availability and responsiveness of paring those in need with those with availability. And, in 2020 she wants to grow to 12 new cities next year.  With the free app, users can pick…

A volunteer-hailing app?

This App Wants To Make Volunteering As Easy as Getting An Uber. Madison Mikhail Bush has struck upon the idea of using an app to mimic the real-time availability and responsiveness of paring those in need with those with availability. And, in 2020 she wants to grow to 12 new cities next year.  With the free app, users can pick…

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