From Humanitarian to Philanthropist – George Soros

George Soros is a Hungarian-American businessman who was born in Budapest on August 12, 1930. He studied at the London School of Economics where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and later masters in philosophy. His studies in philosophy led him to apply Karl Popper’s General Theory of Reflexivity to Capital Markets. He stated that this theory assisted him to understand the market value of securities and asset bubbles, as well as the value discrepancies that are used in the shortlisting and swapping of stocks. Learn more about George at Biography.

George Soros is renowned for his prominent international support for democratic ideals and causes for over 30 years. He is a generous philanthropist through his organization, the Open Society Foundations, where to date he has given away over $12 billion. He has been a firm supporter of democracy and human rights in over 100 countries. He has been able to support various individuals and organizations around the world fight for transparency, freedom to express themselves, governments’ accountability, and organizations that promote equality and justice. In 2004, George Soros scaled back his generous political funding after the unprecedented spending of $27 million to defeat George W. Bush. He then resurfaced in 2016 having committed over $25 million to boost Democratic candidates and causes including Hillary Clinton.

He even planned to attend the Democratic convention for the first time ever to watch Hillary Clinton, accept her Democratic presidential nomination. It is due to the economic situation in Europe that Soros canceled his trip a week to Clinton’s nominations speech. It is such like financial assistance from Soros that helped Clinton’s campaign and her allies create a humming machine that dwarfed Trump’s. In 2005, Soros played a huge role in the launching the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of major liberal donors. This movement has been aimed at focusing to steer funds away from cash hungry groups that fight electoral battles in the short-term and direct them to the ones that seek to build long-term intellectual infrastructure goals, which include income inequality, combating climate change and outsizing in politics the role of big money. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

George Soros has been focusing his philanthropy on international foundations that are known to have donated over $13 billion over the past 30 years to nonprofit organizations whose aims are to expand health care access and education around the world including the U.S. His philanthropy foundations also aim at nonprofit organizations that defend human rights and help in shaping the democratic process in countries that are found in Eastern Europe. On December 13, 2014, over 10,000 protesters converged on Washington to bring to attention the deaths of black unarmed men at the hands of white police officers. George Soros took interest in this and funded the Ferguson “Black Lives Matter” campaign. Soros donation went into helping further police reforms, accountability, and transparency to the public.

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Below is a simple checklist on being a human rights activist. Read over it. Do you fit these guidelines in any way. If you do, you might have a promising career as a human rights activist.

1) Not everyone is going to agree with what you have to say. Not everyone is going to have the same beliefs. Take some time to think things through. Don’t just dismiss what someone else has to say. We are all on the same team. Find a way to work with your other team members. This means coming down off your soapbox. This might be hard for some of you. Part of being a human rights activist is searching for common ground. This means you have to leave your ego at the door. Don’t just look to the differences to make your case.

2)Speaking for someone who has a different opinion than yours is dangerous ground. Do not enter into this lightly. There might come a time when you have to do this. Choose your words carefully. We all have tendency to do this sometimes. If you do have to speak for someone who is different, use his/her words only. Never use yours. Remember, the fight is not all about you. If you feel you can’t serve this voiceless person correctly, find someone else to do it.

3) Try not to look at a situation as either “good or bad.” There are lots of situations that fall into the “neutral” territory. The idea is to find a good suggestion. Find a way to appeal to both sides. Part of being an activist is staying “neutral.” It’s never a good idea to get your emotions involved.

4)There is a difference between what you think and feel. Try not to confuse the two. Try to separate the science and the social science from the platform. Think about things critically, but do not overthink. Lots of times, we become are our worst enemy by overthinking something. Learn to use logic and reason.

Want to find someone in the activist field to emulate and learn from? Look to Yeonmi Park.

YEONMI PARK

This woman is simply amazing. She is only 21 years old. Already she is speaking out for her people. She is speaking out for all the oppression she has dealt with in Korea. She might live in Seoul, but she is using her voice for all of Korea.

Just recently she gave an interview to the BBC about her escape from North Korea. She speaks about her experience there. She also speaks about how she is lucky to be alive. So many of her people are still living in North Korea under this brutal tyranny. Yeonmi is using her experience to help others.

You can too. Get online and visit her site. Find out how you can be a part of her journey. If you don’t use your voice, someone else will speak for you instead.