Since graduating as a physiotherapist, I’ve been working in Australia and throughout Asia, with people with disabilities, for the better part of two decades. It strikes me that the field of disability is going through a seismic change; one which is way overdue. And recently, while reading about the Copernican revolution, I realised that theRead more about The Copernican Revolution in Disability[…]
Never in the history of humankind have we had more potential to act. There are more charities than ever, more people volunteering overseas, more crowdfunding campaigns to support at a click of a button.
And yet, amongst all of this good work, there is the underlying paradox of the entire charity sector. It is a commonly held belief that for a charity to exist, someone must remain suffering.
Never, in the history of humankind, has there been such potential for unintended consequences of good intentions.
Aid work, once the domain of a select few, has been
democratised. It’s now the domain of many.
What is the purpose of international charity? Is it to perpetuate themselves, or leave a legacy behind, so that local people can solve their own problems?
Here’s my TEDx talk on the topic.
Principles connect your values to action. If we truly value compassion, empathy, and respect, then the work that we do in other countries should reflect this. But often, the principles we base our work upon are either wrong or unclear.
So here are 3 basic principles which you can use to create more meaningful impact in the world around us.
It’s one thing to know your privilege. The scientific benefits of gratitude are well-documented. But as important as that is, that is still ultimately self-serving.
The question is then: Now that I am aware of my own privilege, what am I going to do next?