The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies

The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies

The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies

The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies

Synopsis

With an Introduction by George Soros and an Afterword by Aryeh Neier George Soros is one of the world's leading philanthropists. Over the past thirty years, he has provided more than $8 billion to his worldwide network of foundations: the Open Society Foundations, which have applied the concept of the open society, the cornerstone of Soros's thinking on democracy, freedom, and human rights, in the United States and abroad. This book, written by former New York Times journalist Chuck Sudetic, marks the first exploration of George Soros's innovative philanthropic strategies and unmatched commitment to building open societies in places where dictatorship and violent repression have been the rule for too long.Soros is widely lauded for his brilliant financial and economic insights and investment strategies. But his philosophy-driven philanthropy and its impact are unprecedented for a private individual, and have produced remarkable results. Soros's visionary efforts include: - helping to topple communism in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and attempting to foster civil society in China - initiating and nurturing global and local organizations fighting to overcome the driver of war, repression, and corruption in oil- and blood-diamond states - helping Sarajevo's people endure three years of siege during the Bosnian War - fighting resistant strains of TB in Russia's jails and Lesotho's mountains before the disease can devastate the world's great cities - undertaking the first attempt in history to help Europe's most downtrodden people lift themselves from poverty and segregation - supporting democratic resistance in Burma and building communities in Haiti's roughest slums - applying new methods for fighting poverty and drug addiction and reforming dysfunctional justice systems in Baltimore, New Orleans, and other U.S. cities. The Philanthropy of George Soros reveals the thought and practice behind a lesser-known dimension of this remarkable man's life, his goals for society, and his underlying vision for the future.

Excerpt

Many countries and regions of the world possess an abundance of oil, diamonds, timber, and other valuable natural resources. Yet the struggles to control and siphon off the revenues generated by the extraction of these resources are a driving force behind wars, intercommunal violence, rampant official corruption and repression, and poverty that is both abject and widespread. Since 1970, half of the world’s oil-producing nations have experienced violent conflicts. Accounts of the bloodshed over the past thirty years in oil-rich Iraq or oil- and diamond-rich Angola show the savagery and hardship that a zero-sum game for control of natural resource wealth can produce in countries with governments that lack transparency and accountability and institutions strong enough to safeguard human rights and the rule of law. Since the outbreak of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1998, a violent rush for metals and diamonds has contributed to the deaths of millions of people and sexual assaults on untold numbers of women, many of them in their early teens. Control of profits from diamonds, metals, and timber were the driving force behind the killing, maiming, rape, and abduction of children into military units during the turmoil in Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1990s. Burma’s military junta is a bona fide natural . . .

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