Please join us to discuss Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. This book was selected as an NPR Best Book of the Year.
In this elegant triptych of history, fiction, and memoir, Julian Barnes has written about ballooning and photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and tearing them apart; and enduring after the incomprehensible loss of a loved one. Powerfully rendered, exquisitely crafted in Barnes’s erudite style, this searing work confirms the author as an unparalleled magus of the heart.
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HSGP member Bruce Stiles has a hobby of reducing poverty in the world. Since April of 2013, Bruce has used the lending platform at Kiva.org to make hundreds of microloans, in over six dozen countries and on five continents, in order to help students to finance their education, and to help to improve the standard of living of entrepreneurs and other people in the developing world.
Bruce has found microlending to be an ideal way to combine his desire to help extremely poor people with his love of asymmetrical financial outcomes.
Microlending is arguably a more efficient method of reducing poverty that simply giving away money, in that it has a much greater benefit to cost ratio. This presentation will provide a short overview of the developing world, an explanation of the benefits of microlending to the world’s poorest people, the mechanics of how microlending works, and an introduction to the Kiva.org website. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Helping people to help themselves out of poverty could be addictive.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.