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YPIN Socratic Seminar
Back room @ the Row House Cafe
Seattle, WA
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YPIN Socratic Seminar
MORE THAN GOOD INTENTIONS
CAN DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

The United States of America has a long-standing history of philanthropy while most other countries don't. However, as distances and barriers between countries shrink and the philanthropic culture points its sights overseas it begs the question: Is it actually helping? Do philanthropic donations hurt in the long run, incidentally fostering dependency and eroding dignity instead of empowering independence and self-sufficiency? Recent research is starting to shed light on why people actually give time and money, showing that people that donate time feel that they have more of it, and donating makes us feel richer. If this is true, what are the true incentives of why people give time and money, and is it actually helping change the world... for the better?

Socratic Seminars aren't for telling you the answers; rather they provide a discussion space to explore the questions. It is a moderated discussion around top issues of the day in true dialectic method. Articles highlighting viewpoints on both sides of an argument are provided as suggested reading, although participants are encouraged to participate even if armed only with their opinions. The Socratic Seminar series does not place parameters on where the discussion may go; rather it provides a starting point and background information to fuel discussion.

Socratic Seminars are sponsored by the Row House Café.

Attendance is limited 25 participants per Seminar.


Suggested Reading and Watching:

1.First as tragedy, then as farce
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7gb

2.Cambodi's Orphanage Business
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/05/201252243030438171.html

3.Can volunteering lower your risk of heart disease
http://www.movingworlds.org/can-volunteering-lower-your-risk-of-heart-disease/  

4.How to Find More Time: Give Some Away
http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2012/08/pressed-for-time-give-some-of.html    

5.How Donating Money Can Make Your Feel Richer
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2008/06/17/how-donating-money-can-make-you-feel-richer

6.A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefight
http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_bezos_a_life_lesson_from_a_volunteer_firefighter.html
7.Giving When It Hurts: Rethinking Charity in the midst of an economic crisis
http://www.utne.com/Politics/Giving-Rethinking-charity-in-the-economic-crisis.aspx

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Back room @ the Row House Cafe (View)
1170 Republican St Seattle,WA
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


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