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!

One Comment

  1. Pam
    July 28, 2013

    A great thought provoking article.

    My favorite section of the article is this:
    What we have is a crisis of imagination. Albert Einstein said that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind-set that created it. Foundation dollars should be the best “risk capital” out there.

    Our charities help those in need to survive. I know so many families who depend on what charities provide; mobile health clinics, utilities vouchers, temporary rent assistance, food pantries. But they aren’t designed to change the situations that lead to this sort of grinding poverty.

    We need to look at the root causes of these social justice issues, and that’s a bit scary because those of us who aren’t living in poverty, who are well meaning people, make choices that lead to some of the root causes. I choose to send my daughter to private school. As many of us make that choice, it takes away money from the school districts. If kids in the inner city aren’t receiving a good education, it perpetuates the poverty cycle when they aren’t skilled enough to get a job.

    As Peter Buffett say, we are in a crisis of imagination. We keep doing the same thing, hoping for a different outcome. It’s not working.


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