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Your Gifts Connect You to a World of Giving
Your gifts connect you to a world of giving. And if you effectively put them to use, you’ll live a longer, more meaningful life, and you just might change the world.
After graduating from college, Kelsey Timmerman didn’t set out with such lofty aspirations when he boarded a one-way flight that led to more than 16 years of travel. He just wanted to see a world beyond the rural Midwest. Through the years, he met sweatshop workers in Honduras, a slave in Ivory Coast, and kids who worked as trash pickers in Cambodia. Kelsey saw the inequality and injustice in the world and felt guilty, overwhelmed, and powerless to make a difference.
In Where Am I Giving?, the New York Times bestselling author, embarks on an adventure that challenges himself and readers to move beyond awareness to action and to take advantage of the opportunities each of us have to make a difference. Kelsey travels to Myanmar, Kenya, India, Nepal, Zambia, and beyond to explore different ways of giving—as a worker, consumer, volunteer, philanthropist, local and global citizen—and also the benefits and effectiveness of these methods. He learns from folks such as Tibetan monks, Gandhi’s great grandson, a refugee, gang members turned peace activists, and a former Hollywood executive. Kelsey discovers how they give, and meets the people on the receiving end of their giving.
Giving isn’t just about writing a check—it’s about the way you travel, what you consume, how you spend your free time, and how you live. Featuring highlighted Giving Rules throughout the book along with Kelsey’s attempt at formulating a Good Person Equation, Where Am I Giving? will help you:
- Understand the sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and neuroscience of giving
- Examine types of giving, including microlending, volunteering, donating, ethical consumption, mission trips, voluntourism, child sponsorship
- Dive into a nuanced view of the effectiveness of international aid and its intersection with development, politics, and culture
- Identify ways you can do the most good you can with the talents, time, and resources you have
Giving isn’t about the least we can do, but about the most we can give to others with the gifts we have.
Kelsey Timmerman is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Am I Wearing? and Where Am I Eating? A champion of global thinking and local action, he regularly speaks at universities, colleges, and high schools all over the U.S. He is also the co-founder of The Facing Project, a non-profit community storytelling initiative in nearly 100 communities across the country.