George Soros, Propagating an Open Society

Business Leader, Philanthropy

Philosophers spend their entire lives figuring out the best possible systems within which humanity can thrive. They spent their lives and legacies on that and some have been known to propagate those philosophies which when implemented by powerful regimes, impose themselves on other civilizations. Karl Popper, however, figured out that there was no global or unanimous system under which all humanity could operate and thrive. He came up with the Open Society philosophy which suggests democratic rule and inclusiveness: a system of civilization that permitted other forms of civilization to exist without interference despite the ability and power to. He went on to list numerous philosophies that could never allow the Open Society to exist without its imposition on them.

However, by imposing itself, the Open Society would prove fallacious and a contradiction of its very essence. He resolved to spread it and managed to get it taught to University students.George Soros is the world’s most philanthropic man who has given a whopping 12 billion dollars to philanthropy over his lifetime, mostly through the Open Society Foundations. He is also one of the world’s richest men alive and his possessions are valued at 26 billion dollars. He was once a student at the London School of Economics where he first came across the Open Society philosophy. The argument put forth by Karl Popper propagating the philosophy that explained how past dynasties fell for imposing their ways of life on minority civilizations got to him.

The philosopher had given many examples of such regimes, one of them being the Nazi Regime under which Soros and his family had been persecuted for their identities. The regime had occupied Hungary and killed 500,000 Jews in a bid to impose its ideologies on the Germanic people of Hungary. That example severely struck relevance of the theory and philosophy in the mind of George Soros. Rather than desire revenge, he desired to assist other communities facing such oppression to come out of it. He thought of ways he could realize the prescriptions of philosophy without imposing. Unlike his teacher, Karl Popper (indirectly through his publications), intelligent and innovative Soros came up with a subtle way to propagate the Open Society.

Rather than use abrasiveness to empower and to liberate, Soros figured out that the way to go was the Philanthropic way. He knew the odds of succeeding were low but that motivates him more. George always loved a challenge and even made his fortune through hedge funds; the riskiest way to invest. He, therefore, resolved to invest his fortunes in propagating an Open Society: one he nears to achieve every passing day. He founded and funded the Open Society Foundations which provides financial support to civil society groups globally. The foundations do so with an aim to emancipating the oppressed by:

  • Advancing justice
  • Improve and spread education
  • Bettering public health
  • Strengthening media groups to be independent and free from intimidation.

Entrepreneur, Adam Milstein, Leads and Supports Jewish Community

Business Leader, Philanthropy

Adam Milstein is an active philanthropist and pro-Israel activist who has a heart for strengthening the relationship between the Jewish and American populations. He is also dedicated to educating the next generation of Jews in the U.S., as he was born in Israel and lived there for over 20 years.

In 2000, both Adam founded the Milstein Family Foundation or MFF, and over the past 16 years, Adam and his wife Gila have also founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America. This organization offers free books and literature in Hebrew to the more than 15,000 Israeli-Jewish-Americans residing in the U.S. He focuses on teaching Jewish values and heritage.

Milstein is also very active in the Jewish community, and he now sits on the Board of seven philanthropic organizations, including the Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish Funders Network, StandWithUs, AISH Los Angeles, AIPAC National Council and the Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel. Adam is dedicated to the Jewish nation and their relationship with America, and he devotes his time, energy and funds to this cause.

Philanthropy and a Desire to Help Others

Mr. Milstein is committed to restoring and renewing the pride in the Jewish-Americans. The MFF is very successful, and Milstein defines the role of philanthropy within the Foundation in three points:

1) Active Philanthropy – is the MFF team becoming actively involved with funds, time and resources.

2) Life Path Impact – providing the benefits of Jewish education from young students to adults.

3) Philanthropic Synergy – connects the resources between the groups that are built under MFF. Combined efforts are greater than the individual effects.

Adam Milstein

Adam was born and raised in Hoffa, Israel. He served in the Israeli Army during the Yom Kippur War and married his wife Gila in 1974. He attended the Technion, Israeli Technical College graduated in 1978 with a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics. In 1981, he moved to California and now lives with his family in Encino.

Adam continued his education at the University of South California and graduated in 1983 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Milstein is totally prepared to lead the MFF as a recognized leader in the community.

Dick DeVos Owned West Michigan Aviation Academy Partners with Northwestern Aviation College to Offer the Best Aviation Experience

Philanthropy

West Michigan Aviation Academy is a tuition free aviation high school established by the billionaire Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy DeVos. The high school is based on the grounds of Gerald Ford International Airport. The high school is very large accommodating a capacity of 400 juniors, sophomores and freshmen. It is ranked 65th within Michigan and is certified to take Advanced Placement exams and course work. Their student body is relatively gender diversified with 77% male and 23% female.

 

 

 

Two years ago, the school established a partnership with Northwestern Michigan College, to allow the graduates of WMAA to receive credits after being enrolled at the college. This credit would authenticate the completion of the syllabus that is equivalent to that of Northwestern Michigan College particularly with regards to aviation and maintenance courses.

 

The partnership agreement was unveiled by the director of Northwestern Michigan College who acknowledged the fact that students would save a lot of time and resources to covering a comprehensive curriculum in a single institution of learning.

 

WMAA high school founded by the philanthropist and businessman Dick DeVos will have its first graduating seniors this year. The agreement will potentially attract more students to the high school to reach a target of 500 students as stipulated by the school management.

 

Currently, the school serves a total of 312 students. There is a preconstruction project of Phase IV however to construct a 15,000 square feet building to accommodate as much students as possible. This new space will include additional classrooms, an airplane hangar, laboratories and a collaborative space to accommodate the new syllabus activities.

 

The partnership would also help students who desire to further their knowledge in aviation to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in BA with aviation concentration at Ferris State University and Davenport via Northwestern Michigan College centers in Traverse City.