Reflections on 2014.
As some of you may be aware, I donate my Android-based income to charity. Until earlier in 2014, this almost exclusively consisted of me paying for a local pre-school to take the kids out of the courtyard and into nature on a regular basis, so the kids might poke a stick at a tree, see a snail now and then, expand their horizons, get actual dirt under their nails and so on.
This institution, however, became privatized earlier this year, which meant that they were no longer limited by how public-sector operations are allowed to fund their activities. In brief, their opportunities for allocating existing budgets and raising extra funds were vastly improved overnight, and I felt confident that their staff, board members and parent base would lift that burden on their own from there on.
So then what ?
Well, I got a little carried away with the ALS ice bucket stuff, but shenanigans aside it did resonate within me so I donated to that one.
I also donated a little bit to a comedian whose weekly youtube videos are the most elegant political satire I've seen in years.
Mostly though, I'm interested in the welfare, education and health of children. Cheesy? Sure :-)
So I've given campaign contributions to two local political candidates, one liberal and one not. Though I'm more sympahtetic to the politics of one over the other, I felt that both these do good and honest work for our public school system. Our school system, for which most of our politicians currently seem hell bent on repeating the worst mistakes of "the countries with whom we usually compare ourselves". Our school system which is consequently falling apart.
None of those contributions were very large.
There isn't much money in icons these days.
But I uphold the principle.
Best wishes for 2015, guys and girls.