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SXSW 2017

Giving and Gratitude: Igniting a New Philanthropy

Can a gift economy revolutionize our future? Find out from three panelists who will explore what it means to give in today’s modern world. Donations of time and money fuel a gift economy that can lift the human spirit and help correct social injustices. But has philanthropy devolved into just another way to exchange favors and self-promotion? Or can generosity and gratitude transform the way we relate to each other personally and professionally? In this session we’ll contemplate how giving our time and our treasure can be a gift to ourselves, as much as a gift to others.

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  1. How can film, music, technology, and other creative professionals support a new kind of philanthropy?
  2. How does generosity serve as the foundation for a new kind of philanthropy?
  3. What can we learn from Burning Man’s culture of giving?



Theresa Duncan, Dir of Philanthropic Engagement, Burning Man

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