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Political Salon: David Callahan on The Global Humanitarianism of the New Rich

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 6:30pm
Fortunes of Change - David Callahan

World Policy Institute and Idealist present:

The Global Humanitarianism of the New Rich

A Political Salon with Demos' David Callahan
Moderated by Ami Dar, Idealist

November 16, 2010
This event is by invitation only.

A new group of American billionaires and millionaires are engaged in global philanthropy on a scale never seen before. They are mounting vast initiatives to combat problems such as malaria, AIDS, and global poverty. For some, helping the poorest people in the world has become an all-consuming passion. But these efforts have also incited great controversy.

In his new book, Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America, David Callahan explores the motives and tactics of the new humanitarian donors. Are these "band-aid" providers who aren't tackling the real structural inequities of the global economy? Or are these donors having an impact on the deeper inequities of the world?

About the Speakers

David Callahan is a co-founder of the think tank Demos, where he is now a senior fellow and director of international programming. He is author of The Cheating Culture, among other books, and his articles have appeared in such places as USA Today, The New York Times, The Nation, and Washington Monthly.


Ami Dar is the founder and director of Idealist is the most popular nonprofit resource on the Web, helping 70,000 people every day connect with 100,000 NGOs around the world.


Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.




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