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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Value of Generosity

Peter Buffett’s Good Life

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Sustainability has become a crucial theme ecologically and economically. But without sustainable values, little good can be accomplished as a society or as individuals. Peter Buffett joins the values discussion with Life is What You Make It (Harmony Book). Despite its chicken soup for the soul title, Buffett has some valuable ideas to impart from his own experience.

The son of America’s maverick billionaire Warren Buffett, Peter is a composer and performer, primarily of instrumental music and a contributor to movie soundtracks. A longtime Milwaukee resident before leaving for NYC, Buffett now runs a charity generously endowed by his dad, yet always maintained that the family was modest in financially supporting its children. According to his book, the Buffetts took seriously a verse from St. Luke: “From those to whom much has been given, much is expected.”

Money is only one means of giving back. Even more important are building ties of friendship and community, mentoring and “the mysterious gifts of talent and competence, capacity for empathy and hard work.”

Peter Buffett returns to Milwaukee for “Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation,” June 2 at the Pabst Theater. The event is a benefit for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Buffett will also discuss his book at 7 p.m., June 3 at Boswell Books.

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