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Posted by ServeNext Staff on June 22, 2011
Posted by laurelgerard on July 28, 2009
This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal entitled “How Philanthropic is The Philanthropist.”
This event was a discussion concerning the new NBC television show “The Philanthropist.” There were four individuals on the panel: Tom Fontana, co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the show; Steve Gunderson, Council on Foundation’s; Sean Stannard-Stockton, manager of the website and blog Tactical Philanthropy; and Ian Wilhelm, The Chronicle of Philanthropy‘s senior writer.
The show itself concerns a rich New York City business man by the name of Teddy Rist. In the pilot, which I had the pleasure of watching on Hulu, this once man around town turns into an activist because of a life changing experience during a flood in Nigeria. After this experience he suddenly embarks on a crusade to help a Nigerian village acquire Polio vaccines. “The Philanthropist” is an entertaining, prime time television show. Even though some of its moments are a little far fetched, including Teddy following the image of his dead son out of the jungle, with a box of Polio vaccines in hand and a venomous snake bite in his ankle. All the same, it is a gripping show that will hopefully inspire people to start doing good.
One of the major things discussed by the panel was the fact that although “The Philanthropist” may not show the most accurate depiction of philanthropic work, it is still raising the general population’s awareness. Sean Stannard-Stockton made an interesting point: he explained that after the grand success of ER, there was a record number of applications applying to medical school. After airing the show CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), interest in forensic science exploded throughout the country. By airing the Philanthropist, it could get young people interested in philanthropic jobs.
As an American Studies major, one thing I know is that prime time television shows are reflections of current issues and trends occurring in society. Ian Wilhelm even went as far as to say that “The Philanthropist” is the first “Obama-Drama.” Essentially this television show is a reflection of the current interest in philanthropy. Hopefully with the airing and success of this show, people will become more aware and interested in public service.
Posted by Zach Maurin on July 21, 2009
Last Sunday, Meet the Press host David Gregory did something really great: he closed with a personal story about how proud he was to have his son at the baseball all-star game to see community service heroes being honored. When I
watched this Sunday morning on TV it was clear that Mr. Gregory was truly thrilled that Major League Baseball did this and the example it sets for his son. Service is a powerful force even watching from the stands.
Here is the transcript of what he said:
MR. GREGORY: All right. I want to end here, we just got a couple minutes left, on more of a personal note here. I had a great honor this week, I took my son to the All-Star Game in St. Louis. We had a terrific time. And I thought baseball did something really great, and we have some video of it. Before the game they had the All-Stars Among Us, people who engage in community service, who are giving to other people. They lined up there, all the presidents’ taped messages, and then look at this: all the players descended on them during a round of applause to shake their hand and pay tribute to them. And, you know, as a dad sitting in the stands I thought, you know what, I love–this is what’s wholesome about baseball.
And it’s a lot easier, Paul, than having to answer my, my son’s questions about who has taken steroids and who hasn’t. That’s tough.
MR. GIGOT: No, it was a great moment for, for, for professional sports and it, you know, it gives the lie to the fact that what we sometimes think, which is that all of these athletes are spoiled and wealthy and all–have all of these problems, most of them are actually solid citizens. And it’s a great lesson for kids because, as we know, they’re all role models.
MR. GREGORY: Right. And it is–again, you’ve got these moments where you think about where can you take your children? You know, this was an area where all the presidents contributed, all the former presidents, and President Obama threw out that first pitch. A little shaky, but nevertheless, he was there.
MS. NORRIS: He was proud of it.
MR. GIGOT: He got it there.
MR. GREGORY: He got it there. He got it there. That was the point. But these do become important moments, again, balancing these influences for our children.
MS. NORRIS: It–you know, the symbolism there was, I thought, very, very striking, because, you know, our sons and our daughters…
MR. GREGORY: Right.
MS. NORRIS: …worship the people that play on the field and on the court. And when you can introduce them to real role models and people who are actually serving their community–you know, much was made of community service…
MR. GREGORY: Right.
MS. NORRIS: …and not in a good way, during the campaign.
MR. GREGORY: Right.
MS. NORRIS: I think we saw a very different side of it there.
MR. GREGORY: This helps. All right, we’re going to leave it there. Thank you all very much.
You can watch the video tribute to the” All-Stars Among Us” by all of the living US Presidents here.
The other guests are Paul Gigot from the Wall Street Journal and Michelle Norris from NPR.
Posted by Zach Maurin on January 24, 2009
Over the past few months, the service movement has been gaining serious attention — and rightfully so. The USA Today, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Colbert Report, and as of this past Thursday The New York Times is now on the list.
Check out the great op-ed from John Bridgeland and Bruce Reed who come from different sides of the political aisle, titled “Volunteer to Save the Economy.”
Posted by Zach Maurin on August 4, 2008
The Young and the Restless
It seems as if the most recent buzz around the web is the restlessness and consistent activism among today’s generation. The New Republic’s “The Engaged Generation”baffles at the high voter turnout for young Americans.