American Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. In her short and powerful new book called Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities she makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. She challenges us all to strive be truly human – ‘to remain childlike, to keep an open mind, to refine an ability to remain humble, to eschew pride and arrogance and to be reverent towards other people and towards the natural world’.
StreetSmart Australia is a unique organization with a simple idea that really works. They have partnered with many great Australian restaurants where, in the lead-up to Christmas, every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It’s a simple idea that has a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.