Tagged with Poverty

Affluenza Indeed

The macro-level logic of the affluenza defense claims that if something outside of the defendant stunted their moral development, something they didn’t choose, something beyond their control, then they are not longer responsible for the poor moral choices they make.  Heck, they’re practically a victim. While many of us roll our eyes in disgust at … Continue reading

This Week at School

I’ve been a bit stuck on my writing; this actually happened last fall as well.  The way work paces out just doesn’t fit well with sitting or reflecting, and I feel it not only in the blog but personally as well.  The end of this season isn’t far, but in the meantime, I decided to … Continue reading

Their Words: the URT

Their Words: the URT

We just finished a full week of training for our 40 student leaders.  I am so glad to have them back around, and so annoyed to have simultaneously fought a head cold all week (gifted to me by on of those students). My favorite piece of our training is the Urban Reality Tour, an experiential learning … Continue reading

Worth It: Project 50 on Skid Row

Last month, L.A. County issued a report on Project 50, an incredibly unique effort to support people experiencing homelessness and mental illness on Skid Row. Unique because it offered help without hoops. Project 50 identified the 50 most vulnerable persons on Skid Row, those most likely to die the soonest without intervention, and offered them a chance … Continue reading

Would you buy this Groupon?

Would you buy this Groupon?

Perhaps you’d pass this up because you, like me, have never heard of Victoria Falls Excursions or Botswana Safari, and you’d rather take travel plans into your own hands.  Or because if you wanted to serve in Africa, you would prefer to travel with a people you knew or with a non-profit partner you already … Continue reading

A Generosity Question

A Generosity Question

A student asked the other day about our “pet causes,” the social justice issues we are personally most passionate about.  It’s a tough question for anyone on my staff; we care about a lot of causes very much. But I think if I had to pick one (in the U.S.), I’d say I’m most passionate … Continue reading

Poverty Reduction:  Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Poverty Reduction: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Bruce Wydick is professor of economics at the University of San Francisco and visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley.  He wrote an article for Christianity Today on “Cost Effective Compassion:  The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor,”  noting: Today, those who want to care for the poor enjoy a plethora of attractive … Continue reading