Christmas at Crisis

Christmas at Crisis: Short Term, High Impact Volunteering at its Finest

For me, this Christmas season was much the same as any other. I watched old films and played Monopoly. I stayed up late and talked into the early hours. I connected with others.

I did this with my family and loved ones as usual – the difference this year was that I also spent two nights doing these things with homeless rough sleepers.

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One New Year’s Resolution I really recommend

As the New Year approaches people are beginning to think about their New Year resolutions.  I still haven’t decided mine so I’d love suggestions in the comments.  I have weekly and monthly goals and a Day Zero List to keep up with so I already have a few resolutions to keep.

One thing I would thoroughly recommend as a New Year’s resolution is to pledge a percentage of your income to charity.   Last New Year I took the Giving What We Can Try Giving pledge and donated 5% of my pre-tax income to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

This felt like such a valuable contribution I soon took the full Giving What We Can 10% pledge and I’ve not looked back since.

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What would the Martians think?

Last weekend I saw The Martian in the cinema with my family.   It was a really enjoyable film.  At times entertaining, gripping and emotional.   Much more interesting than what I had feared might be a rather slow and self pitying one man show.  Matt Damon made a very compelling botanist and started to erase the image of him in my mind from Team America.

But I should make clear now; this is not a film review.  These are just the thoughts running through my head whilst watching the film about what our films, our stories and our heroes say about our ethics…

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