Supporting Peace & Promoting the Shared Interest of Humanity: Who are The Elders?

The story of the Elders started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was a simple one. In an increasingly interdependent world – a global village – could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?

For inspiration, they looked to traditional societies, where elders often help to share wisdom and resolve disputes within communities. They took their idea to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Source: The Elders Website

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Transparency & Celebrity: How the Face of Giving is Changing

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What does transparency and celebrity have to do with charity? Have you heard about the $600 billion challenge? Which Canadian Charity is rated the highest among its peers? Read on to find out.

Once upon a time I read a book called “Philanthrocapitalism” by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. This book opened my eyes to the world of philanthropy and the wealthy people who have taken it upon themselves to make their mark through charity and social assistance on a global scale. “Philanthrocapitalism” includes interviews with such social-conscious celebrities as Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, George Soros, Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie, and Bono. In the past, we have all looked to our governments to tackle and solve social issues, but a new movement is beginning where the more fortunate citizens of this world are using their money to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change, and treatable disease. In June of this year, Fortune Magazine ran a story that is yet another example of celebrities flexing their philanthropic muscles. The story was called “The $600 billion challenge.” According to this article, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett are asking America’s billionaires to

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Philanthropy: 5 Ways You Can Make A Difference Today

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” ~ Mother Teresa

The definition of philanthropy is “the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.” In fact, the origin of the word actually means “loving mankind” (from phil- “loving” + anthropos “mankind”). In today’s society, we hear a lot about corporate philanthropy or celebrity philanthropy (Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt),which makes many of us think that philanthropy is only for those who have a lot of money to give. Many of us don’t realize that there are little things that we can all do everyday to make a difference in our local or global community.

Recently, I picked up the book ‘How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist’ by Nicole Bouchard Boles, which focuses on ideas for how people can contribute to their community and world no matter what their income. The following five ideas, along with many others, are touched on in Ms. Bouchard Boles book.

5 Ways You Can Make a Difference Today:

Give your time by serving lunches or dinners to the homeless or less

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