Sep 12, 2017
In episode 9 of the Giving Thought podcast, Rhod and Adam look
at some of the psychological motivations that drive philanthropy,
- Social Status: Is a desire for enhanced social
status part of the “warm glow” that people get from giving? How has
the relationship between philanthropy and social status played out
through history? Does highly visible giving place greater
expectations on the donor, as well as bringing improved social
status? And what impact will social media have on the way we feel
about promoting our own giving?
- Proximity: We look at the “proximity effect” -
the idea that actual physical proximity and contact with the
symptoms of social problems is an important determining factor in
people’s willingness to give. Does increasing physical distance
between rich and poor communities undermine the philanthropic
instinct? And will new technologies like conversational interfaces
and augmented/virtual reality distance us even further from the
world around us and thus make us less likely to give?
- Victim Blaming: Does our perception of whether
the victims of social and environmental disasters can be held as
partly to blame for their own misfortune affect our willingness to
give We look at the difference between responses to “man made” and
“natural” disasters, and what this tells us about how charities
should talk about their work.
Related Content from Giving Thought:
- Philanthropy and the City of London
- Uncomfortable reality: 3 ways Augmented and Virtual Reality could
change charitable giving
- Is technology making us care less about each other?
- Reciprocity and Altruism
- WhDonors prone to blaming the victims of man-made humanitarian