Peter Buffet—on the same page!
Peter Buffet, son of the super wealthy Warren Buffet, wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times today that expresses a major theme of THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. In his essay, The Charitable-Industrial Complex he writes about how non-profits are growing strong—up 25% since 2001. American individuals, NGO’s and corporations are doling out a ton of money for micro-finance, education and improved health in other countries, and yet the gap between rich and poor grows world-wide. Buffet asks provocative questions: Why isn’t it working? Is it for more our benefit than theirs?
I know. Big, scary questions. We have so much more than the developing world. We want to help. Why can’t we? We have good intentions.
Like us, Peter Buffet does not have the answers. What we know is it is complex. Shanta’s family did not experience the rosy success story that THEY or WE imagined. Buffet blames it on a lack of imagination. That is what I hope our film does, spur our imaginations. How can WE help? —Really help share our wealth around. Let’s rethink the structure of international charity.
Brainstorm starts here!