"At stake are questions that pertain to the deepest dimensions of your being: how we know what we know, whose voices and interpretations matter, whether the world is governed by external laws independent of human choices, and consciousness or is located in interior leadership that is then externalized in personal structures."
From: Appreciative Inquiry Handbook By: David L. Cooperrider, Diana Whitney, Jacqueline M. Starvos adapted by Namaste Global Vision
"Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced person, either by considerable gift, or sum of money, or by teaching him a trade, or by putting him in the way of business, so that he may earn an honest livelihood, and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and the summit of charity's golden ladder."
"When I was in college, I worked in the Community Action Program in the university town of Bloomington, Indiana. There I met Mary, who lived in a rat infested shack with no inside bathroom or heat. She had a watermelon sized tumor in her stomach that made her look pregnant for which she got no medical attention in a decade.
Her eldest grandson (one of seven children living there) took me to witness his marksmanship in procuring the only food they could sometimes find. His use of a gun to put food on the table left an indelible mark on my consciousness forever as I witnessed a life fall from the sky. I faced for a first time the reality that some people did not have money to buy food and that guns kill life. I had never before witnessed personally these two events.
I learned then about the need to witness a survival reaction to not having means to support oneself in a land filled with abundance. I saw how vast are the differences between those who live in poverty from those of us who have enough to eat and a warm place to sleep. Mary's life and perseverance, have always remained with me, instructing me in my work, values and life practices."
We see philanthropists have a vision of a world that no longer believes in scarcity of resources, of money, or time but a world in which there is sufficiency.
We see a world where philanthropists and their partners in nonprofits and their family and friends are the change that they want to see, to paraphrase Gandhi. We see a world where everyone has enough.
No longer is a child in Columbia unable to cry from hunger because she is too weak or an adult in the U.S. eating canned cat food because that's what he can afford. Instead we see children at home, healthy, eating tamales for lunch on their way back to school and the man living comfortably eating home-made stew.
No longer do people with wealth or influence need to feel isolated.
No longer will we separate people by race. African Americans will no longer fear being picked up by police for "driving while black," and Asian Americans will not be told "their" country is the reason other people have lost their jobs. There will be an end to believing that some races or castes are lesser and negative terms for different races will disappear. We see a world where, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Namaste Global Vision has a dream that one day each of us will see each other just as humans, not different races.
The same is true of women, who will be valued as the creators of life and respected as humans. The gap in wages between men and women will fade away and we will see women move into all areas of work and society. Women won't walk down the street and be labeled according to what a man thinks of her body. Instead she will feel respected and admired for who she is and what she accomplishes.
We create a society where shared wealth and resourcefulness through partnership, puts an end to hunger and impoverishment as we recognize that there is sufficiency.
We see a world where the animals are happy and honored for their love and contribution to the world. We see a world where humans and animals are bonded together, harmoniously sharing the earth.
We see a world where the abusive practices of factory farming are replaced with customs that honor the animals who live on the land. We see a world in which animals are never used for testing in laboratories while we still make advances in medicine, science and consumer products. We see a ground swell of philanthropists and animal stewards proud to be leaders of this change who are producing amazing breakthroughs.
In this new world paradigm, philanthropic leaders move forward to provide support and empower opportunities to create a society where each person is respected for her/his unique talent and able to develop himself/herself fully and completely. We create a world where new values of shared wealth enable people including the wealthy to be more connected to the world.
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