Do you ever doomscroll through a crisis wondering what the f*ck you should do to help? Giving to Strangers is the newsletter for you.

What should I expect in my inbox?

You should expect a conversation with an expert (activist, academic, industry leader), and a non-BS way to address a big problem (usually through an outstanding charity recommendation). I both respond to what’s happening — 2020’s California fires, November elections, etc. — and dig into the big, evergreen issues like climate change or factory farming.  

Why should I trust you?

Well, I’m not the expert. The people I talk to are the experts, and it’s my job to smoosh the most interesting parts of what they think into a cohesive whole.

But I’m also an academic at heart, so I take pride in getting things right. I work on the research side of humanitarian aid at UC Berkeley, so comes with the territory. Read more about me on my website, or follow me on Twitter.


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