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How to Get Paid, Part 2: Products

(Part of a series that began with You Need to Get Paid) Another way to make your services affordable without sacrificing your right to get paid is to create products. As I’ve said, before, it’s tough to find people who … Continue reading

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Don’t Give; Vote

If you add up the amount of money we Canadians hand over to our governments on an annual basis, it comes to about $292 billion.1 Meanwhile, the non-profit sector takes in about $169 billion a year2, with about half of … Continue reading

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If You Owe, Don’t Give

Consumer debt is a real problem. Here in Canada, it’s climbing steadily, with the average Canadian now about $16k in the hole. Many of us are just one missed paycheque, one layoff, one critical illness or injury away from serious … Continue reading

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Charity as a Tool of the ‘Never Enough’ Culture

Ever feel like no matter how much you do, it’s never enough? If so, you’re not alone. Scarcity is one of the most pervasive elements of modern culture. Blame the media, blame consumerism, blame whoever you want, but we’re constantly … Continue reading

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Charity as a Tool of Oppression

Karl Marx famously said that religion was the opium of the masses. What he meant, according to one scholar, was, “religion does not fix the underlying causes of people’s pain and suffering — instead, it helps them forget why they … Continue reading

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Things That Work Better Than Charity

I’ve really been hammering on the point that charity is rarely the best way to do good, so you might be wondering what it is we should be doing instead. While there’s nothing that delivers on the magic-bullet solutions promised … Continue reading

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Why Charity Workers Are Anti-Charity

After making my Shocking Revelation a couple of weeks ago, I ventured out to talk to people about it. The reaction from those actually working in charity surprised me. Many of them are, in a way, as anti-charity as I … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Sachs And the Non-End of Poverty

Celebrity economist Jeffrey Sachs decided about 10 years ago that he was going to end world poverty. He even wrote a successful book called The End of Poverty.  The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina … Continue reading

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A Shocking Revelation

I can’t ignore it any more. As controversial and unpopular as it might turn out to be, there’s something I have to face. It’s an idea, a gut feeling I’ve been dancing around for a long time. It flies in … Continue reading

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The Return of the Savvy (Scholarly?) Do Gooder

For the past five or six months, I stepped back from my work to have a baby and take some maternity leave. Now that I’ve passed the parental leave baton to my husband, I’m jumping back into the fray. As … Continue reading

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