Watch the video of Martha Wilkinson’s short talk at TEDxExeter 2013.
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Martha (another dragon tamer?!) is giving us the etymology of “community philanthropy”:
Community – from munos “a gift” and cum “with, among one another”
Philanthropy – “the love of humanity” in Greek
She has a slide of Brueghel’s painting of “The Fall of Icarus”. It’s not about Icarus, but about apathy. While Icarus drowns in the sea, the farmer continues to plough, the shepherd dreams, the ship sails on by. What seems to be an image of idyllic existence is actually a picture of passing suffering by.
Suffering is difficult to see; we have to choose to look for it. But everywhere there are community philanthropists, also known as volunteers, who are acting, and building compassionate communities.
Martha’s questions for us to ponder: “What suffering are you walking past? And what are the gifts you would like to give?”
A gem of a short talk. Coffee time!
Martha is also on Twitter
Martha has 25 years of experience in the private, public and third sectors. Passionate about the value of strong communities, she has previously been a retailer, business advisor, communications specialist and founding Director of a social enterprise in East London.
Martha was self-employed for nearly ten years helping communities of all kinds identify the change they wanted from their public services before she joined Devon Community Foundation in 2009 as Chief Executive. Martha can offer an expert opinion on philanthropy, communities, marketing, economic support and regeneration.