One of the primary objectives of Ted Talks is the encouragement of philanthropy and charitable giving on a global scale. This initiative is achieved through a myriad of talks aimed at the principle of charity. Although it can often be overwhelming to narrow down the best Ted Talks focused on philanthropy, here are a few good places to start:
WHY GIVING AWAY OUR WEALTH HAS BEEN THE MOST SATISFYING THING WE’VE EVER DONE: Master philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates use this platform to share the wisdom they have gleaned through years of service to the world. The former CEO of Microsoft and his wife discuss how they have given away over 90 percent of their accumulated wealth, largely through their charitable arm, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT CHARITY IS DEAD WRONG: American entrepreneur and human activist Dan Pallotta discusses his view that philanthropy needs innovation and a healthy amount of risk-taking to bring about higher rewards, even if that means spending more money in the process. Pallotta believes that investing more money into non-profits will bring about far greater change than operating charitable organizations as cheaply as possible.
WANT TO HELP AFRICA? DO BUSINESS HERE: Nigerian economist and politician Ngozi Okonjo uses this Ted Talk to encourage the world to help third world countries through trade rather than traditional aid services. Okonjo believes that engaging African countries in the global economy will bring about the most significant improvements for the people of that region.
YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY: Author and speaker Katherine Fulton uses this platform to inspire people to be the change that is needed in a hurting world. Rather than focusing on the mega-philanthropists, Fulton spends her talk speaking about everyday people making a difference and how the small efforts of individuals can lead to big change.
HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS: Harvard professor Michael Norton challenges the common belief that money can’t buy happiness by demonstrating that how you use your fortunes can indeed lead to a more satisfying life. By giving the audience tangible ways to spend money on things that will bring about happiness, Norton uses this platform to encourage people to invest wisely in things that matter.