Guest post from Arbie Baguios. He works in Communications for an international development NGO, and is currently based in London.
It’s true – there are hipsters within the humanitarian industry. For example, a bunch of them claimed to have “stopped the M23” in the DRC by selling symbolic $38 whistles in California – a kind of Hipster White Man’s Burden, if you like.
Another type of the hipster humanitarian is satirized in this parody video by students from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. If you’ve ever been a part of the aid/development sector, you’d know the one. And if you don’t, it’s probably you!
Hipster - Humanitarians - Parody