Sunday, October 31, 2010

Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In her book, Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class, author and professor Claire Gaudiani argues that philanthropy has played a significant role in the American economic engine ever since our nation's founding. She also argues that little regulation on foundations and philanthropic giving is the best environment that encourages philanthropic investment ... and that philanthropy is key to the future of American democracy.

Here's a seven-minute clip from the BookTV program in which Gaudiani introduces the premise of her book.

Watch the entire program on BookTV (about 90 minutes):
Economics - Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class - Book TV



Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams for Being Honest

FoxNews.com - NPR Fires Juan Williams; Fox News Expands His Role

So, what does it take?

When will people recognize that sharing honest feelings about something or someone IS NOT bigotry? (An aside: Just because I don't agree with Barack Obama's policies or politics doesn't make me racist. How absurd is that kind of thinking? If it were so, more than half the country would be considered bigots.)

Where's the bigotry in Juan Williams statements? I see none. Read the article and see the entire context. Listen to the audio and watch the video in the entire context. Where, I ask, is the bigotry? If you're being truly honest with yourself, how can you completely, truly, honestly say that Williams' statements are bigoted? The truth is, he's verbalized what I'm sure so many of us feel. And that doesn't make us all bigoted.

Juan Williams' firing for being open and honest is outrageous!

And the NPR execs who made the decision are cowards and shortsighted for not standing on their own two feet and seeing Williams' statements for what they are.

Honest.

We need more in the media who are willing to be so honest.