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“I work at the UNHCR, but I have a quite junior position. I have a desk job where I reach out to job candidates and try...

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, October 4, 2015

The UNHCR has been stretched unbelievably thin. They would be my #1 recommendation for donations if you want to help in the refugee crisis. They do so much more than emergency management - they set out to tackle ever aspect of what it means to be a refugee.

How my finances feel sometimes:

“Louie, you apply for a loan while Rocco heads
in through this door and files for bankruptcy."

Are You an Outsider Trying to Fix a Broken System

A tragic reality revealed about insider politics. I theorize this applies to many more things than US Politics. I've seen it play out in large and small offices, social circles and playgrounds. It seems a sad factor in human relations that we dismiss outsiders and critiques turn insiders out. I used to think that I was good at playing along with the inside game in order to make a change. I have since realized that this is simply not in my temperament; I need to be able to say what I want. I am not sure either of these options are effective in any real actionable way.

I think this is one of the main challenges that the effective altruism movement buts up against. The nonprofit world is incredibly insular in a strange way. Those that work in it carry their employment years like badges of honor (because they sort of are). They rely heavily on the support of each other and the insular knowledge and judgment of the community group. Those that propose ineffectiveness or even a general change are dismissed as outsiders, sometimes rightfully, but almost always out of hand.

This made me laugh so hard, I thought I would share.