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The water hoarder — a capitalist fable

Posted by Philip on 19 June 2014, 11:30 am in , , ,

Once upon a time there was a man. The man liked water — you may even say he loved it.

The man grew up in a family of water lovers. The family didn’t have a lot of water, but they had enough to not be thirsty.

He finished school and went to university. At university, he learnt how to acquire water.

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The hypocrisy of private and public money

Posted by Philip on 26 August 2013, 8:00 am in , , , ,

I haven't written about it but I've often thought and talked about it. The unfairness and unethical difference in the way private money goes unmonitored while public money attracts such scrutiny continually disgusts me.

Profit-making individuals and companies can amass any level of financial wealth with no accountability. Non-profit or public money, however, is scrutinised beyond belief and no-one should get rich doing good.

Dan Pallotta makes the point far more eloquently than I ever could in this TEDTalk.

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Charities need to keep up with the times...

Posted by Philip on 21 March 2012, 6:39 pm in , ,

...or "Am I just getting way too cynical?"

This afternoon two collectors for Save The Children turned up at my door trying to drum up support. They were bedraggled in red raincoats and name badges. Tragic gay mormons came to mind.

I was in the middle of doing something important. The Scottish guy launched into a five minute spiel. I was getting more and more irritated.

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When social change goes backwards

Posted by Philip on 9 February 2011, 5:18 pm in , , ,

Sometimes, when I watch disability ad campaigns, I want to throw my hands in the air, give up and go and get a job serving coffee. The last one I wrote about was one that tried to raise funds and awareness for prevention, rehabilitation and cure of spinal cord injuries

The latest little gem is the Australian CP Society's attempt to raise awareness of long waiting lists for funding for equipment to support kids with CP. Instead of saying "disabled kids need your help because bureaucracy is inefficient and you might as well make a donation and make your tax dollar go somewhere useful," some half baked advertising exec has come up with a heart-wrenching diatribe of worrisome, fearful, world-shattering, devastating, agonising testimony from weary parents, with the pay off that this is not so bad except they have to wait so long for equipment. Take a look:

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