“Cleverness is a gift”「賢さは贈り物」とありますが、この”gift”には、「神からの贈り物」という意味があります。
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world with an estimated 75 billion-dollar fortune. Although he is an active philanthropist, Jeff has recently made a bold move that upends the way the super-rich tend to approach giving.
while his peers tend to focus on creating positive change through long-term solutions and advancing causes they are most knowledgeable about, Jeff is thinking about talking the completely opposite approach through short-term focused “philanthropopulism.”
I think not all wealthy people find fulfillment in philanthropy, but almost wealthy people conduct philanthropy as their feeling of gratitude for their business success and their willing of returning their wealth to the society. I think they find out their fulfilment by the philanthropies.
Do you agree that the public should have a say in where private donations are made?
Basically, I think the idea of donors should have priority. But if you want to donate effectively, it is good for you to listen the ideas of the public. Anyway, I think most important thing is that what donors want to donate to.
I think such tendencies are very interesting. If only thinking by small group of experts, it might be a biased way of thinking. I think the balance is very important between the knowledges of experts and the way of thinking by public people.
Imagine you wanted to reply to Jeff Bezos’ tweet. What would you write and why?
The answer he is looking for is the way of most impact in the shortest amount of time. In present situation, it should be the COVID-19 measures. I think we must concentrate our donation to effective COVID-19 measures now.
Hi Ko, Good to see you again and I think today’s partnership in improving your business English skills was great. I think today’s lesson about how Jeff Bezos and philanthropopulism was fun and that you are improving. I would like to commend your progress in speaking business English, and I hope you practice some more, and I hope to see you soon!