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Benevolent billionaires - why do they do it?

Benevolent billionaires - why do they do it? | Poverty | Scoop.it
What possesses people who spend half their lives accumulating a fortune to decide to give much of it away?

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Ms Howard's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:34 PM

Is giving and helping only about making some else's life better and making you feel good? Could science play a part????

Eliza Gwillim's comment, July 18, 2013 9:38 PM
I guess i could understand why they would do this. they have made all this money, and they may not have any great need for it, so instead of wasting it on useless possessions and diamond rings, the put the money to good use. Giving other people hope is a great way to use your money, especially if you have a lot of it to handle!
Anakin Williams's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:19 AM

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One in seven people in Scotland lives in poverty.

One in seven people in Scotland lives in poverty. | Poverty | Scoop.it
ONE in seven Scots is still living in poverty and the situation has “not significantly changed” in the past seven years, official figures have shown.
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BGSBOYS Geography.'s curator insight, June 27, 2013 10:39 AM

Could be useful for AS health too or popn.

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African growth 'to outpace world' | BBC News

African growth 'to outpace world' | BBC News | Poverty | Scoop.it

 

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa should significantly outpace the global average over the next three years, according to the World Bank.

 

Higher commodities, increasing investment and a general pick-up in the world economy should all boost the continent's growth to more than 5%.

 

But the World Bank added that African governments had to do more to ensure that this growth reduced poverty.

 

Global GDP was forecast to grow by an average of 2.4% this year.

 

Foreign direct investment is forecast to reach record levels in the coming years, hitting $54bn (£35.3bn)a year by 2015, the Bank said.

 

The report said strong economic growth in Africa had significantly reduced the extent of poverty in Africa over the past decade or so.

 

The Bank's provisional figures showed that the proportion of Africans living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 58% to 48.5% between 1996 and 2010.

 

"If properly harnessed to unleash their full potential, these trends hold the promise of more growth, much less poverty, and accelerating shared prosperity for African countries in the foreseeable future," said World Bank economist, Punam Chuhan-Pole.

 

But the Bank added that poverty reduction was being held back by income inequality and a reliance on mineral and mining exports in some African countries.

 

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Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

TED Talks For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery.

 

This is a chilling glimpse into the worst and darkest side of the economic systems of geography and labor in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 25 million people who today live in state that can be described as modern-day slavery. We should not discuss slavery only in the past tense, and yet it conflicts with how most people conceptualize the world today.

 

Questions to Ponder: How can this even be happening in the 21st century? What geographic and economic forces lead to these situations portrayed in this TED talk? What realistically could be done to lessen the amount of slavery in the world today?

 

Tags: TED, labor, economic, class, poverty, South Asia, Africa, video.


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Kyle Toner's comment, November 6, 2012 12:17 PM
This video truly opened eyes into the conflict of modern day slavery. I had no idea just how prevalent, global and horrible this situation is.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 6, 2013 10:51 AM

This is a chilling glimpse into the worst and darkest side of the economic systems of geography and labor in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 25 million people who today live in state that can be described as modern-day slavery. We should not discuss slavery only in the past tense, and yet it conflicts with how most people conceptualize the world today.


Questions to Ponder: How can this even be happening in the 21st century? What geographic and economic forces lead to these situations portrayed in this TED talk? What realistically could be done to lessen the amount of slavery in the world today?


Tags: TED, labor, economic, class, poverty, South Asia, Africa, video.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 31, 2015 4:34 PM

A truly sad reality is exposed in this well-produced video.  Many of us hear about slavery still happening around us but I think most of us brush it off as little more than taboo.  To see these photos and to hear this woman's firsthand account is shocking.  If you are not instantly moved to want to help, I don't know if you're human.  This is atrocious and I only pray that one day this reality comes to an end.

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HowStuffWorks "Is there such a thing as a truly unselfish act?"

HowStuffWorks "Is there such a thing as a truly unselfish act?" | Poverty | Scoop.it
An unselfish act is an act in which one person benefits while the person performing the act gains nothing. Find out if an unselfish act is possible.

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Anakin Williams's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:20 AM

it good

Dylan Bradley's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:20 AM

I like this speachy thing

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Benevolent billionaires - why do they do it?

Benevolent billionaires - why do they do it? | Poverty | Scoop.it
What possesses people who spend half their lives accumulating a fortune to decide to give much of it away?

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Ms Howard's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:34 PM

Is giving and helping only about making some else's life better and making you feel good? Could science play a part????

Eliza Gwillim's comment, July 18, 2013 9:38 PM
I guess i could understand why they would do this. they have made all this money, and they may not have any great need for it, so instead of wasting it on useless possessions and diamond rings, the put the money to good use. Giving other people hope is a great way to use your money, especially if you have a lot of it to handle!
Anakin Williams's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:19 AM

hi

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What It Takes for Trade to Reduce Poverty in Africa

What It Takes for Trade to Reduce Poverty in Africa | Poverty | Scoop.it
Despite tremendous progress in poverty reduction over the last two decades, poverty still persists. Along with South Asia,  Africa is a region where large numbers of people continue to live in extreme poverty.

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