25 May 2014

TED Radio Hour: Giving It Away

From TED Radio Hour, 4:06 pm on 25 May 2014

You can give away almost anything - your time, money, food, your ideas. Giving helps define who we are and helps us connect with others. And thanks to the internet and a rise in social consciousness, there's been a seismic shift not only in what we're giving, but how. In this hour, stories from TED speakers who are "giving it away" in new and surprising ways, and the things that happen in return. Firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go as expected, but ended up teaching him an important lesson; gardener Ron Finley wants to help make his community in South Central LA more healthy, by letting people take fruit and vegetables from his roadside gardens; activist Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities; and musician Amanda Palmer tells us how she developed a more trusting relationship with her fans by not charging for her music.