Philanthropy, Sustainability & Social Responsibility

I have been blessed in my life. If you are reading this post then the odds are you have been very blessed as well. You are probably living in the United States, received an education, have gone out to dinner at least once in the last two weeks, seen a movie in the theater this year and have access to the internet. You have probably complained about being hungry because you missed lunch once this past week, was angry with the driver in front of you for going to slow or the one behind you for going to fast. Yes, you are blessed. Compared to much of the world you are rich, the 1%. Congratulations.

I am honored to be speaking to a group of students today at Williams College in Williamstown, MA where I will be talking about philanthropy, sustainability and social responsibility. In my world these concepts don't exist alone but are only possible when they are tackled together.

Philanthropy literally means "love of humanity." It is about the "caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing what it is to be human". [Wikipedia]. Philanthropy benefits the giver as much as the recipient. When done with a loving heart it changes the lives of those involved for the better.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In the "first world" we think about sustainability in terms of  "how biological systems remain diverse and productive".  Organizations like World Vision define it a little differently -  they "help communities to improve their endurance by helping them access health care, education, better food, and clean water. By helping to repair, build, and furnish classrooms, educating mothers on how to prepare nutritious meals, teaching improved agricultural methods, and digging wells and building latrines, World Vision can help transform communities." Sustainability transforms subsistence existence to fulfilled living.

Finally social responsibility - the obligation that we behave in a way that benefits society at large. Social responsibility is philanthropy and sustainability put into action in our everyday lives. Every decision we make during the day can be judged on the social responsibility scale. Do I need that case of 'spring' water? Can I use a reusable package? Do I support my local businesses?

Today will be fun to speak with students who have been brought up on the importance of philanthropy, sustainability & social responsibility, the millennials that have no time for cheap talk without action. I look forward to learning a lot more than I 'teach'.

Bits and Pieces

  1. We will be taking over the Rutgers FIC in Bridgeton, NJ on April 29 & 30. We hope to make about 4000 bottles of hot sauce. If you have some time want to volunteer please email me at These bottles will all be sent to World Vision Micro to be given out with the funding of a microloan - very cool!
  2. Pray for a girl named Grace who was struck by a car on her way to school on Tuesday. She was in an induced coma last night. She can use your prayers.
  3. Be on the lookout for our Kickstarter campaign. Hopefully we will have it running in the next week or so. We can use your help to spread the word.
  4. The 'super hots' are looking great and I can't wait for the day we can get them in the ground - hopefully mother's day. We have ghost peppers, yellow and red Trinidad scorpions and this year the Carolina Reaper from Pepper Joe!

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." Luke 12:48

Do GoodBob Ferretti