from China Daily
A web designer up in Beijing has gotten himself all in a tizzy over Bill Gate’s and Warren Buffet’s philanthropic billionaire’s dinner taking place later this evening. You don’t need a bazillion dollars to be a philanthropist, or at least that’s the message this Beijing resident is trying to send by organizing his own dinner for charity – one for the average Joes.
China Daily reports that a man who calls himself Lao Wu has organized his own “common people’s philanthropic banquet” in the Bird’s Nest area of Beijing, an area where “he believes the billionaire’s banquet will be held.” He doesn’t know where it is because Gates/Buffet have kept both the venue and the guest list semi-secret.
He’s got about 30 people signed up for this thing, including doctors, professors, and folk artists. The dinner will take place at the same time as the Gates/Buffet dinner, and will discuss how to promote charity among more average incomes. The attendees will split the costs for the dinner, and will not be asked to donate any money.
While the hoopla surrounded the Gate’s dinner has made it clear that donating among the super-rich is actually not a novel concept in China, bringing the charitable impulse to the middle classes will probably be a little more tricky. In the World Giving Index, the Chinese sit smack at the bottom.