August 11, 2014 by Brian
“I can’t remember a time at HolySmokes, after watching a video, that I felt this stupid.” – MG
That sentiment was unanimous among the group that gathered last night at The Grind. The speaker in the video, Dan Pallotta, clearly, concisely and systematically dismantles our inherent view of charities. And, he makes the case that our puritan attitudes and sensibilities are, in fact, preventing and real solutions to the world’s problems. The metrics we use to measure philanthropic endeavors, he says, are backwards and actually handicap the organizations most dedicated to the people and causes near and dear to our hearts.
Please…. seriously, please… Watch this video. It will change the way you think, too.
As we went around the room hearing how guys were going to be different this week as a result of the discussion, a couple themes emerged.
I would have done things a lot different if I had watched this video years ago.
Society had convinced me to feel a certain way about the way charities should operate. I wonder what else I am wrong about.
In every other area of my life, I expect people to take risks to accomplish big things. If they didn’t, I’d be pissed and fire them. Why don’t we expect risk taking from our social service organizations. (see Matthew 25:14-30)
Is it OK to have self interest as a motivator to help others? Yes. I guess it is. In fact, it is probably required in order to be successful.