Listening to TED Talks speakers can be an enriching experience. And as we explore the concepts of altruism and generosity, we stumble upon these gems that provide a glimpse into the power of giving.

1. Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

What if non-profit organizations are rewarded not for how much money they can save but rather on what they have accomplished? In this thought-provoking talk, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta presents another perspective that takes a look into the potential impact of rewarding charities based on lofty goals and getting them done.

2. Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

Giving nowadays is easier than ever with the help of technology. But is donating directly to the people who need help most the best way to do it? Aid worker Joy Sun shares insights about the best ways to give.

3. Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

Philanthropist Katherine Fulton delivers a heartwarming talk that explores the future of philanthropy. She shares inspiring ideas on how regular people have the power to create positive change through innovation and collaboration.

4. Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

Is altruism in all its forms effective in helping others? Or is there a better way of doing it? Philosopher Peter Singer shares some interesting insights into giving and the most effective ways to do it.

5. Melinda Gates, Bill Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

In this interview, Bill and Melinda Gates talks about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and shares their experience in making that life-changing decision. They also talked about their views about marriage, the challenges they have faced, and the fulfillment that comes from giving a significant portion of their wealth. This is an inspiring video about generosity and philanthropy from two people who are making a difference in the world.



Have you ever thought about how you would like to be remembered by loved ones, friends, and the people whose lives you have touched? If you think leaving a lasting legacy in this world requires fame and fortune, think again! While prestige and money can have a positive influence in creating a better world, there are simpler ways to make a lasting legacy even without the material wealth and celebrity status to back you up. Here are some of the things you can do to make a positive difference to the people around you.

Be mindful of others. Paying attention, especially to the people around you, is one of the simplest ways to leave a legacy. It helps you notice others more. Observe the people you see around you. Chances are many of them are familiar fixtures of your everyday life. Take the time to acknowledge them. Give a warm smile to the janitor you see at the lobby of your office building every day, help an elderly cross the road, chat with the sales person at the local store you frequent. People remember those who exhibit warmth and kindness even to strangers.

Take the time to connect. Every interaction is an opportunity to connect and create positive memories. Be fully present in conversations with others, especially with those who you may not be able to have the chance to meet again or as often as you would like. Making it a habit to listen to what others have to say, remember things about them, and acknowledge their achievements can leave a positive impression and impact to their day.

Be a positive role model. Nothing draws people like authenticity and positivity. If you want to influence others in a positive way, you have to be a role model of positivity. You cannot force people to like you, but they will gravitate to those who can inspire, lead, and make a difference in their lives.

Give back or pay it forward. Generosity is not measured by wealth and material things alone. Be generous with your time, abilities, and whatever you have to share with others. You can do volunteer work or find ways to help others without expecting anything in return. People remember acts of kindness, especially those given when they needed it most.

Be an advocate for change. What makes your heart bleed? The answer to that may vary from person to person. Child abuse, war, hunger, environment degradation, human rights violations, and many more are just some of the world problems that require immediate and lasting solutions. Choose an advocacy closest to your heart and support it in whatever way you can.