- Series: Where am I?
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 14, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119448123
- ISBN-13: 978-1119448129
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where Am I Giving: A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference Hardcover – August 14, 2018
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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 givingas a worker, consumer, volunteer, philanthropist, local and global citizenand 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 checkit'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, and 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 to give
Giving isn't about the least we can do, but about the most we can give to others with the gifts we have.
From the Back Cover
WHERE CAN YOU DO THE MOST GOOD?
Where Am I Giving? is the book for everyone who wants to change the world but isn't sure how.
Praise for Where Am I Giving?
"...thought-provoking and often entertaining insights into the importance of thinking carefully about where we give." Peter Singer, professor of bioethics, Princeton University, and founder of The Life You Can Save
"A must read for all charity-minded people."Arun Gandhi, Founder-President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, Rochester, NY
"An inspirational book that's also a fascinating travelogue . . . . We'll all be better off if our friends and neighbors read this."Pauline Frommer, Publisher, Frommer's Guidebooks
"...an exciting adventure of a 'How-To' book on giving, volunteering, and generally making the world a better place...hugely entertaining while offering practical, real lessons and guidelines."Conor Grennan, founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), and author ofLittle Princes
"Traveling with Kelsey Timmerman in the pages of Where Am I Giving? will inspire you to do the most good you can do." Will MacAskill, President of the Centre for Effective Altruism and author of Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference
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Kelsey Timmerman once again offers an insightful read with an international perspective on how to humbly asses your position in the world and what to do with it. The act of charity, often called giving, is challenged in this book mandating that context and consequences are considered for giving to be effective. It’s not just monetary gifts that matter, it’s the quality and purpose giving has; talent and physical service just as valuable as a mindless cash contribution. This book is a fascinating read that challenges you to look at how you give and what impact every individual has to the potential to create, without a guilt-trip mandating you to go out and spend every free moment volunteering. Timmerman shares his own insights and shortfalls in the realm of giving, his personal answers an example of how anyone can craft their own path to effective giving. A must read for every human existing in this increasingly inter-dependent, global community about the importance of not only how are you giving, but where.
Kelsey Timmerman understands this as well as any author out there today. I've read Kelsey Timmerman's other books, Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating, neither felt like lectures - they felt like a friend telling me wild adventure stories that had a point to them. I felt smarter after reading them and I felt like I had gained something I could contribute to the world.
Where Am I Giving is the book we've been waiting for. It's the question I hear all the time - where should I give? How do I know where I can make a difference? Kelsey takes years of travel and research and distills it all down to helping us understand that giving is unique to the individual. He shares his failures and ignorances. We trust him because of it.
This book isn't just great because we need the information, it's great because it's a great book. It's fun. It's funny. It's poignant. It will move you and make you choke up. It's a wonderful book.
Kelsey shares glimpses into the giving habits of various countries; the philosophies of economists such as Sachs, Yunus, and Easterly; and discusses the ethics surrounding giving to help the poor and the ideas of ethicists such as Peter Singer. Throughout the book, You are challenged to examine your own beliefs about the poor, your own behaviors surrounding volunteering, your own motives behind giving.
At the end, Kelsey leaves you with a challenge. He does not pretend to know what the right answers are for anyone but himself. He offers forth his answer and challenges us to find out own. This book is an amazing read for anyone who loves to travel, to volunteer, to consider philosophical challenges, to help others, -- for you.
I use this book for my university class about the Ethics of International Aid. Yet I can imagine how I could use it for so many other types of courses, as well.