Sunday, December 07, 2008

Rich and Poor

So, what happens when mega-rich folks go "undercover" among the nation's poor?

Take a look at the FOX network program, Secret Millionaire and tell me what you think.

Does the FOX program represent a real, scalable solution? Or, is this just another "reality show" with some specialized entertainment value teased out at the expense of the poor?
What are other options when it comes to driving forward sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty?

[CDM note: For years now we've put youth groups and their adult sponsors through what we call "Urban Experience" to provide them an educational experience about poverty's reality in an urban setting.]


Anonymous said...

I don't know yet, but that you very much for posting this link. I haven't had time to watch it yet - but I had meant to watch it and completely forgot!!!

Eric Livingston said...

I was intrigued by this show. I'd say it's more of a reality show that isn't any kind of a model for a sustainable process to help the poor. But I wouldn't label it as entertainment at the poor's expense either.

The process on the show isn't sustainable/repeatable, but the attitude just might be. If we incorporate compassion, generosity and a sense of economic justice into our lives we can sustain help for the poor. These elements do play a role on the show.