2014/12/13のトピック

1st Part Daniel Goleman:  Why aren’t we more compassionate

Source)  https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_goleman_on_compassion

(I recommend using subtitles and transcripts.)

 

1)    Do you think you are a compassionate person or a cold person (ice queen)?

2)    Do you think that it is ok to use mobile phones while your friends or boy/girlfriends are talking to you?

Have you ever been “PIZZLED?” If so, please share your stories.

Also, do you usually pay full attention to those people?

3)    What do you think about a guy or woman who always talk non-stop about themselves?

Do you also talk non-stop about yourself?

4)    In this presentation, Daniel said,” there is zero correlation between IQ and emotional empathy, feeling with the other person.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

5)    Can you turn your conscience off like the serial killer in this presentation?

 

2nd Part : This Viral Video Raised $1.5 Million for Ebola, But Who’s Getting the Money?

Article)  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-11-24/who-is-band-aid-30-raising-money-for

Band Aid 30- Do they know it’s Christmas?

Music Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1jeiC-JEsI

(最初の20秒、エボラ出血熱患者の死体が映りますので食事中の方は気を付けて下さい。)

Official Band Aid 30 website) http://www.bandaid30.com/terms-conditions/

 

Questions)

1)    Have you ever donated your money to registered Charities (e.g. Red Cross, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders)  What was the last cause you donated money to?

2)    Some people think they can’t trust any charities.  Do you think you can believe in Band Aid30 and registered charities?  How Charities can make themselves more trustable?

3)    You can see the following statement on Band Aid 30’s video.

“All partners involved have given their time and services for free to be a part of history.”

But in Japan, TV personalities and idols receive a guaranteed fee in Charity TV program such as 24hour TV.   Do you think they should work for free in the program because they request poor ordinary people to donate their money?

4)    Some people think that the people who help others and donate money to charities are hypocrite.

Do you agree with this idea?  Also, what do you think of the people who don’t help and donate?

5)    Do you think members of Band Aid 30 are hypocrite or compassionate people?

 

THE TEXT)

On Nov. 17, Band Aid 30, Bob Geldof’s British charity organization—formerly known as Band Aid—put out an Ebola-themed remake of Band Aid’s original 1984 charity song, Do They Know Its Christmas? The song raised more than $1.5 million in minutes to fight the deadly disease, and is currently No. 1 on the U.K. album charts and No. 49 on RealiTunes. But where is the money going?

 

The answer: It’s hard to tell. On its website, Band Aid 30 promises that proceeds “will be donated to the intervention and prevention of the spread of Ebola,” but doesn’t specify which aid groups it’s working with and why. “No where on the website do they state exactly how the money will be going to fight Ebola,” Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing at the charity watchdog group Charity Navigator, wrote in an e-mail to Bloomberg Businessweek. “This, of course, is troublesome.” Bloomberg Businessweek’s requests for more information from Band Aid 30 and Geldof’s office went unanswered.

 

Band Aid 30 is the most recent iteration of Geldof’s many music-related charity entities, which also include Live 8, a series of charity concerts he put on in 2005. Since then, the organization has done a little fundraising here and there, and has earned money from concert DVD sales, licensing agreements, and publishing royalties.

 

Donations are kept in the Band Aid Charitable Trust, which according to Charity Navigator has a pretty solid rating, despite the lack of transparency on its website. In 2012, the trust worked with about 19 organizations including Oxfam, Unicef, and the British Red Cross. According to Charity Navigator, it spent about 2 percent of its money on fundraising efforts, which is low; Miniutti says most nonprofits spend more than 10 percent on fundraising. The American Cancer Society, for example, spends about a third of its money on fundraising. Over the years, the Band Aid Charitable Trust has raised more than $193 million.

 

In interviews, Geldof said that he formed Band Aid 30 at the request of the United Nations, which has been struggling to raise money to fight the disease. In September, the UN announced that it needed about $1 billion to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa; a month later it announced that it had only managed to raise $100,000.

 

The UN’s Global Ebola Crisis Response program partners with a number of organizations including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Médecins Sans Frontières (known in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders). Doctors Without Borders says it has not yet been contacted by Band Aid 30, although it is receiving money from Africa Stop Ebola, another charity song created by Senegalese, Malian, and Ivorian musicians, with lyrics that help Africans know what to do to stop the spread of the disease. (The lyrics, which are partially in French, include instructions not to touch infected people or dead bodies.)

 

It’s unclear which of the UN’s partner organizations will end up receiving Band Aid 30′s money, or if some will be reserved for local government initiatives, too. A recent New York Times investigation found that while all the UN-approved international nonprofits have received their allotment of UN money, only 7 percent of the money designated to go to the Liberian government has been dispensed.

 

On top of the vague, we’re-fighting-Ebola promise on its website, Band Aid 30 has also been criticized for its schmaltzy production and tone-deaf characterization of Africa in Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Why is it assumed that an Ebola-stricken region doesn’t know about Christmas?) But even more surprising is the fact that 30 years after the original Do They Know It’s Christmas? the same fundraising tactic—with the same song, even—still works.

 

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

 

[One Direction]

It’s Christmas time there’s no need to be afraid

 

[Ed Sheeran]

At Christmas time we let in light and we banish shade

 

[Rita Ora]

And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy

 

[Sam Smith]

Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time

 

[Paloma Faith]

But say a prayer and pray for the other ones

 

[Emeli Sandé]

At Christmas time its hard but while you’re having fun

 

[Elbow]

There’s a world outside your window and it’s a world of dread and fear

 

[Dan Smith (from Bastille)]

Where a kiss of love can kill you

 

[Angelique Kidjo]

And there’s death in every tear

 

[Chris Martin (from Coldplay)]

And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

 

[Bono (from U2)]

Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you

 

[Seal]

Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa

 

[Ellie Goulding]

A song of hope where there’s no hope tonight (ooh)

 

[Sinead O’Connor]

Why is comfort to be feared, why is to touch to be scared

 

[Bono (from U2) ]

How can they know it’s Christmas time at all

 

[One Direction]

Here’s to you

 

[Olly Murs]

Raise a glass to everyone

 

[Bastille]

Here’s to them

 

[Sam Smith]

And all their years to come

 

[Rita Ora]

Can they know it’s Christmas time at all

 

[Chorus – all singers]

Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

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