5 TedTalks Every Charity Employee Should See!

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5 TedTalks Every Charity Employee Should See! 5 TedTalks Every Charity Employee Should See!
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  • August 10, 2015

There are many different views on charities and other non-profit organisations. The old and traditional way of looking at the non-profit sector creates a barrier which prevents this sector to increase its impact. Trying to create a more generous world, where giving is a greater part of our consumption habits, this is something every charity employee should see.

Michael Norton – How to buy happiness

It is important to point out the fact that a person becomes happier by giving to others compared to spending one’s earnings on just oneself. This is clearly demonstrated by Michael Norton who discusses the great possibility to actually buy happiness, as long as you spend your money in the right way. Norton presents research that confirms that people who spend their money on others, instead of themselves, become happier regardless of the extent of their gift.

Charity defender Dan Pallotta presents the distorted way people think about charities. The non-profit sector is held back by people’s traditional way of looking at different aspects within this sector. Compensation is only one of the things highlighted, where the perception is that a higher compensation within the non-profit sector is greedy and unethical. If more people looked at charities this way, the world would clearly be more generous and the impact of this sector is believed to increase.

Peter Singer – The why and how of effective altruism

Our doubts about the impact and effect of giving is also something that complicates the process of giving. This is well featured by the philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer, who argues that our consumer lifestyle is highly related to Sisyphus problem. You have probably heard it before. In Greek mythology, the king Sisyphus was condemned by the gods to push a huge boulder up a hill, only to drop the boulder just as he gets to the top and then forced to start all over again. The parable of the consumer lifestyle is clear, where people work hard to get money, spend it all on consumer goods to achieve satisfaction and then start all over again. Singer argues that instead of consuming, giving will provide you with the satisfaction and the contribution to your base of self-esteem.

Simona Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

The leadership expert Simon Sinek explains the importance of how leaders and organisations communicate when he introduces the Golden circle. Great leaders and organisation are, according to Sinek, acting and communicating in the exact same way. According to Sinek the successful leaders are focused on why they do what they do. People buy why you do something and not as many believe what or how you do something. Do you agree?

Drew Dudley – Everyday leadership

Another way of looking at leadership is presented by Drew Dudley by his hilarious story, where he changed a person’s life without even knowing it. Dudley encourage us to thank those people for the smaller things that might have a greater impact on us than they would realise. As long as we make leadership something bigger than us and beyond us, we make an excuse not to expect it every day from ourselves and each other.

These are some of the relevant thoughts and theories presented by inspiring people. Changing the way we think and act and constantly challenge the traditional way within the non-profit sector is an important part to make the world more generous. Now the question is, what is your part of it and what are you going to do.

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Mattias Lagerstedt

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