It’s the holiday season again, which means it’s that time of year when universities try to raise more money from their alumni. Every year around this time, I start getting a call every day from an unknown number. At first, I ignore it, thinking it’s a wrong number. But I eventually realize that it’s someone calling from one of the universities I’ve attended and that they are not going to stop until they talk to an actual person.
Volunteerism: A primer for success
Peter Buffett, a composer and the son of Warren Buffett, had an opinion piece in the Times this weekend examining the rise of the nonprofit sector and the way we "give back." Peter often hears people say, "if only they had what we have"—what we have being clean water, free markets, and access to education and the internet—but what we also have is, well, poverty and inequality. How can we eradicate poverty in other countries if we haven't figured out a system to eradicate it where we live?