September 19, 2013

Peter Buffett Takes to Twitter to Advance Critique of Philanthropy

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Peter Buffett.

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Peter Buffett used The New York Times as the platform for a controversial opinion piece that has sparked a spirited debate about whether philanthropy is solving or perpetuating problems like poverty and hunger.

But in the months since, Mr. Buffett, co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation and the son of Warren Buffett, says the wave of reactions to his column in social media has changed the way he uses Twitter.

In this month’s episode of Social Good, Mr. Buffett discusses why he decided to write the New York Times opinion piece and how social media are helping to spread a thoughtful debate about the future of philanthropy.

Allison Fine, a nonprofit leader and expert on technology and communications, discusses how charities and foundations can more effectively use social-media tools to spread their messages and raise money. Ms. Fine incorporates suggestions and questions from readers into her podcasts and invites you to e-mail her at Look for new installments on the first Thursday of every month.