Giving to “The Life You Can Save”

By Walter Cohen Why did I start giving to “The Life You Can Save?” Two reasons. First, its executive director, Charlie Bresler, is my oldest and closest friend.... Read more >

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Creating A Playful Yet Serious Effective Giving Video

Creating A Playful Yet Serious Effective Giving Video

I’ve been making playful things all my life. Playful videos, playful music, playful performances. I have a deep drive to rejoice in nonsense, to celebrate the absurdities of life and bring joy to people’s hearts with silliness and humour. This relentless playfulness eventually found a generous home when I got a job writing music for Cartoon Network’s show Clarence. Having been living off peanuts (actually mostly baked beans) for a long time, I found myself earning a decent living writing ridicul... Read more >

An Intuition Worth Following

An Intuition Worth Following

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show"; that's how David Copperfield starts. These words show that, through our actions, we can approve of ourselves and hold treasured positions in others' lives. This desire is present throughout storytelling, from epic poems like Homer's Iliad to the Marvel films we flock to cinemas to see now. Such consistency suggests that this is no mere fashion; it's part of human... Read more >

Walking the Walk of Effective Giving and Christianity

Walking the Walk of Effective Giving and Christianity

My journey toward understanding altruism better began with my father. I was fortunate enough to learn many habits of financial generosity and honesty from him, but mostly the lesson that excess should be used for the greater good. At that time, there was no internet or significant scientific research to help people identify where money could most likely accomplish this greater good, but that was always the context for how I viewed generosity as I became an adult. This was further honed througho... Read more >