Listening to the Poor, and Gaining Hope

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Jessica Jackley, the founder of Kiva, (a service making it possible for everyday people to be lenders – not donors – to poor who are working to better their lives) tells her story of wanting to help the poor but feeling frustrated and depressed by the images and stories of poverty offered by our culture.

In her TED Talk, you can hear what changed her image of “the poor” and inspired her to found Kiva:

“We already do care, and love is resilient enough for us to get out there and try.

For me, the best way to be inspired to try is to listen to someone else’s story. Whenever I do that – guaranteed – I am inspired, I am inspired by the person I am listening to. And I believe, more and more every time I listen, in that person’s potential to do great things in the world, and in my own potential to help.

Believing in each other, really being sure that each one of us can do amazing things in the world: that is what can make our stories into love stories, and our collective story into one that continually perpetuates hope and good things for all of us.  This belief in each other, and practicing it each day in whatever you do: that is what I believe will change the world and will make tomorrow better than today.

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About Sister Edith

Benedictine sister of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota, serving in vocation and oblate ministry. Also a social scientist, reader, lover of nature and travel, and dabbler in many things. +UIOGD
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2 Responses to Listening to the Poor, and Gaining Hope

  1. I found it distressing that the comments to Jessica’s inspiring talk took such a negative, fault-finding direction. How unwilling some of us are to listen to ideas and perhaps change our mindsets.

    • Sister Edith says:

      I guess I didn’t read the comments!

      There are so many people – especially on the internet – who take the easy route of criticisizing and even ridiculing people. This is really common in our culture and is a tendency I have to fight every day – especially as it is so toxic to the spiritual life.

      The audience gave her a standing ovation: unusual at a TED Talk. Too bad the trolls found the talk too.

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