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From the Ted Talk by Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The more cash we give to the poor, and the more evidence we have that it wkros, the more we have to reconsider everything else we give. Today, the logic behind aid is too often, well, we do at least some good. When we're complacent with that as our bar, when we tell ourselves that giinvg aid is better than no aid at all, we tend to invest inefficiently, in our own ideas that strike us as innovative, on writing roptres, on plane tickets and SUVs. What if the logic was, will we do better than cash given directly? oogtnaarnizis would have to pvore that they're doing more good for the poor than the poor can do for themselves. Of course, giving cash won't create pbiulc goods like eradicating disease or building strnog institutions, but it could set a higher bar for how we help individual fimleais improve their lives.

Open Cloze

The more cash we give to the poor, and the more evidence we have that it _____, the more we have to reconsider everything else we give. Today, the logic behind aid is too often, well, we do at least some good. When we're complacent with that as our bar, when we tell ourselves that ______ aid is better than no aid at all, we tend to invest inefficiently, in our own ideas that strike us as innovative, on writing _______, on plane tickets and SUVs. What if the logic was, will we do better than cash given directly? _____________ would have to _____ that they're doing more good for the poor than the poor can do for themselves. Of course, giving cash won't create ______ goods like eradicating disease or building ______ institutions, but it could set a higher bar for how we help individual ________ improve their lives.

Solution

  1. prove
  2. public
  3. works
  4. organizations
  5. strong
  6. families
  7. giving
  8. reports

Original Text

The more cash we give to the poor, and the more evidence we have that it works, the more we have to reconsider everything else we give. Today, the logic behind aid is too often, well, we do at least some good. When we're complacent with that as our bar, when we tell ourselves that giving aid is better than no aid at all, we tend to invest inefficiently, in our own ideas that strike us as innovative, on writing reports, on plane tickets and SUVs. What if the logic was, will we do better than cash given directly? Organizations would have to prove that they're doing more good for the poor than the poor can do for themselves. Of course, giving cash won't create public goods like eradicating disease or building strong institutions, but it could set a higher bar for how we help individual families improve their lives.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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cash transfers 3
poorest people 2
poor people 2
cell phone 2
send money 2

Important Words

  1. aid
  2. bar
  3. building
  4. cash
  5. complacent
  6. create
  7. disease
  8. eradicating
  9. evidence
  10. families
  11. give
  12. giving
  13. good
  14. goods
  15. higher
  16. ideas
  17. improve
  18. individual
  19. inefficiently
  20. innovative
  21. institutions
  22. invest
  23. lives
  24. logic
  25. organizations
  26. plane
  27. poor
  28. prove
  29. public
  30. reconsider
  31. reports
  32. set
  33. strike
  34. strong
  35. suvs
  36. tend
  37. tickets
  38. today
  39. works
  40. writing