WHERE CAN YOU DO THE MOST GOOD?
Where Am I Giving? is the book for everyone who wants to change the world but isn′t sure how.
Praise for Where Am I Giving?
"...thought–provoking and often entertaining insights into the importance of thinking carefully about where we give."
Peter Singer, professor of bioethics, Princeton University, and founder of The Life You Can Save
"A must read for all charity–minded people."
Arun Gandhi, Founder–President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, Rochester, NY
"An inspirational book that′s also a fascinating travelogue . . . . We′ll all be better off if our friends and neighbors read this."
Pauline Frommer, Publisher, Frommer′s Guidebooks
"...an exciting adventure of a ′How–To′ book on giving, volunteering, and generally making the world a better place...hugely entertaining while offering practical, real lessons and guidelines."
Conor Grennan, founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), and author of Little Princes
"Traveling with Kelsey Timmerman in the pages of Where Am I Giving? will inspire you to do the most good you can do."
Will MacAskill, President of the Centre for Effective Altruism and author of Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference
Introduction: The Trash Picker, the Slave, and the Garment Maker (The World, 2001 2018)
Part I: Why Give (When I Have Problems of My Own)?
Chapter 1: Life After College (Nepal, 2001)
The mission / The responsibility of privilege / The Good Person Equation
Chapter 2: One Night in a Slum Showed Me How Poor I Was (Kenya, 2010)
Why should we care when we have our own problems? / My problem with missionaries / Giving thoughts and prayers
Chapter 3: We Aren t the Heroes (Kenya, 2010)
Toxic charity / Fair trade travel
Chapter 4: Confessions of a Volunteer Addict (Muncie, 2010)
Benefits of volunteering / 100–hour rule / Make where you live interesting
Chapter 5: What Can One Person Do? (Cambodia, 2017)
Leaving Hollywood for a dump in Cambodia / The White Savior Industrial Complex
Chapter 6: Happiness Isn t Having a Lot; It s Giving a Lot (Cambodia, 2017)
The Hero s journey / What The Matrix teaches us about happiness and purpose / Four pillars of meaning
Chapter 7: Giving Is Complicated: Ethnic Cleansing in the Most Generous Nation on Earth (Myanmar, 2017)
Change starts with students / Problem with empathy / World Giving Index / Problem with orphanages
Chapter 8: Seeing Differently to Make a Difference (Myanmar, 2017)
A not–so–noble Nobel Peace Prize winner / Problem with karma / Intent matters
Chapter 9: Giving on Purpose (Myanmar, 2017)
Giving alms / Meditating on giving
Chapter 10: The Gift of Tasting Ice Cream (Myanmar, 2017)
A former monk on giving / Solitude / Thoreau s three chairs
Part II: What Can I Give?
Chapter 11: Science of Do–gooding (Kenya, 2017)
Effective altruism / The cost to save a life / Should you give your kidney? / Extreme givers
Chapter 12: Money for Nothing (Kenya, 2017)
Universal basic income / Proximity to need / The poor are better givers
Chapter 13: No Justice, No Peace (Kenya, 2017)
Election chaos / Freedom versus aid / Legacy of colonialism / Human rights / Maslow s Hierarchy of Needs
Chapter 14: Giving Is Immeasurable: Change One, Change 100 (Kenya, 2017)
Waging peace on warriors / Stepping–stones in the river of life / Education as a path out of poverty / Help one, help 100
Part III: Start Local
Chapter 15: Growing Up Gandhi (India, 2017)
Mandated giving / The Mother Teresa controversy / Gandhi on giving
Chapter 16: Start with Your Local (India, 2017)
Crossing caste lines / Towers and slums / Untouchables
Chapter 17: Start Small (India, 2017)
Locals challenging societal norms / Creating leaders / The girl effect
Part IV: The Gift of Travel
Chapter 18: Should You Go on a Slum Tour? (India, 2017)
Poverty porn? / History of slumming it / Impact of slum tours
Chapter 19: Joy in a Hopeless Place (Kenya, 2017)
Safari Doctors / Following the locals lead / Go make a difference / Investing in people
Chapter 20: See Yourself in the Lives of Others (Kenya, 2017)
It s a wonderful life? / Our struggles connect us / Wisdom of traditional societies
Chapter 21: Travel If You Can It s Fatal to Prejudice (Kenya, 2017)
How travel makes you a better human / Travel creates philanthropists / Responsible tourism / Reverse culture shock
Part V: Is Helping Helping?
Chapter 22: The Kiva Controversy (Cambodia, 2017)
The problem with microlending / Meeting Kiva borrowers / Giving fads
Chapter 23: Sponsor a Child, Save the World? (Zambia, 2017)
The realities of child sponsorship / Stories versus stats / Psychic numbing / Aid and dependency
Chapter 24: Marine Wages War on Poverty Through Locally Led Change (Kenya, 2010)
Fighting terrorism by fighting poverty / Starting with the end in mind
Chapter 25: The Little Village That Was Supposed to Change the World (Kenya, 2017)
UN s Millennium Development Goals / Can unlimited resources end poverty? / Do we need more or less aid?
Part VI: Our Gifts Connect Us to the World
Chapter 26: The Strength in Your Story (USA, 2012 2018)
Listening is an act of love / The gift of your story
Chapter 27: The X Factor in the Good Person Equation
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