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TED talks have become a source of inspiration for many people. One of the most interesting and listened to topics is philanthropy. Many speakers on the platform have voiced their excitement about participating in life-changing and philanthropic initiatives. Listening to them may inspire you too, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for ways you can give back to society too.

 

Dan Palotta- The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong

Think for a minute. What if the approach we have been taking on charity has always been wrong? Dan Pallotta questions the idea that charities should be run as cheaply as possible. Palotta reasons that our impact can be felt more by concentrating our efforts on non-profit and leadership initiatives. This TED talk has become one of the most popular ones.

 

Ngozi Okonjo- Want To Help Africa? Do Business Here

In this thought-provoking piece, Ngozi discusses both the positives and negatives of traditional aid. She is of the opinion that conventional aid is not as beneficial for the African continent and that trade would make a more significant impact. According to her, the global economy should engage Africa more as it would lead to more revenue which can be channeled to address the continent’s numerous challenges.

 

Dave Meslin- The Antidote to Apathy

In another exciting talk, Dave Meslin discusses what could be the solution to our apathy. Why aren’t we addressing the issues we are facing? Why is it that despite believing in our initiatives, we rarely make any moves?

 

Katherine Fulton-You Are the Future of Philanthropy

Katherine takes a different approach in her talk. While the spotlight is always on the prominent philanthropists, Katherine focuses on normal givers. The small donations made by you and I could be the foundation of philanthropy in the future.

 

Bill and Melinda Gates-Why Giving Away Our Wealth Has Been the Most Satisfying Thing We’ve Done

Everyone knows Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. But what drove him and Melinda Gates to set up the Gates Foundation and donate more than 90 percent of their fortune? In an eye-opening talk, they discuss their inspirations and experience in charity. They go into the details of the satisfaction they discovered in being philanthropic.