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“Shipping billionaires like Thanassis Martinos are doing their part by providing jobs to young people whose unemployment stands at about 50%…”

It was interesting to read recently in the New York Times how immensely wealthy Greek tycoons are helping their countrymen in these difficult times. The news has been full of heartbreaking stories of children left to orphanages, a huge surge of homelessness in Athens and other major cities and an exodus of the rich to the more hospitable climes of France or the UK (only just). But, there are those that have stayed and vowed to fight – politically and financially – to help bring their country back from the brink. Read the rest of this entry »

Wikipedia

"This is an exciting development for the site, allowing more nations, previously limited, to share, update and edit new data..."

It’s easy to take the enormous volume of information we’re all now privy to, for granted. A transformative global information network exists online – but somewhere, someone is collating, editing and e-publishing the ‘facts,’ attempting to minimize the conjecture. Wikipedia is a tremendous public service resource – seemingly getting stronger everyday – and it still seems incredible that we have jettisoned the library in favour of the iPad. Oh how the mind boggles!

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Just when you thought that money ruled everything, along comes a story that gives you hope. It seems the age-old gripe

Sir Andrew Witty

Sir Andrew Witty, chief executive of Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, said this, "The biggest achievement over the last year, I think, has been to get some of the companies to really massively increase their commitments, so that everybody is kind of at this at an industrial level..."

against the pharmaceutical industry of inflated prices and restricted patents for third world health care has just had a volte-face – and it doesn’t seem like a PR stunt! The Guardian newspaper reports that a new initiative to rid the poorest countries of antiquated diseases that still kill millions is moving briskly ahead, thanks to the philanthropic pursuits of the Bill Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization.

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With the accessibility of information these days, it’s apparent a new sharing, ethical high ground is being embraced by

Giving pledge

"A little over a year ago it emerged that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett had begun a drive to get America's wealthiest to sign up to their 'giving pledge' - effectively agreeing to give away half of their fortunes before they die..."

some of society’s ‘big fish.’ At a time when the US Republican presidential hopefuls are being publically seen as greedy tax dodgers, it’s refreshing to see a dialogue emerging in the media and elsewhere about the latest craze: Giving. A little over a year ago it emerged that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett had begun a drive to get America’s wealthiest to sign up to their ‘giving pledge‘ – effectively agreeing to give away half of their fortunes before they die. The program has snowballed and is a prescient view of how we, even without that kind of money, should approach living.

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