Guelaguetza Dancers, October 2005

How to Be Generous

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Generosity is the freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.

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How to be generous ... some ideas

Generosity enriches us all but how to be generous? Here is a mix of practical and wild ideas. Let us know what works for you!

1. Be kind. Say thank you to someone in person. Say something nice about people you like.
2. Be kind using some form of media. Send a positive message using anything you'd like -- postcard, email , skype -- to thank someone you admire.
3. Support microphilanthropy in tourism.
4. Fave a photo on Flickr or buy someone a gift account on Flickr.
5. Hug a tree, play with an animal, water your plants. Let your actions simply say 'thank you.'
6. Write a 5-star review for a favorite book or
7. Give money. Support the websites you would like to consult next week. (Hint, hint)
8. Make a donation. Give money and support the institutions, websites and individuals who you respect.
9. If you have a website, consult with colleagues and update the home page now. If you cannot update the home page, get a new home page ... or wiki.
10. If you have a website, add a link to other sites you respect
11. Assist the INS (Internet NOT Savvy) by printing out pages or coaching them on the fine points of online participation.
12. Contribute to the Wikipedia.
13. Support citizen journalism and citizen science that enlightens and inspires!
14. Print relevant or Planeta Wiki handouts and post them on a public message board. If you take a picture, please upload to World Signs!
15. Donate frequent flyer miles.
16. Buy crafts without bartering.
17. Subsidize the cost of preparing business cards and inexpensive flyers for favorite artisans. Make sure the work is done locally.
18. Be consistent.
19. Find a way to nudge everyone along the continuum.
20. Bid on an auction that benefits social or environmental concerns that engage you.
21. Send a postcard from somewhere you like to someone you love.
22. Facebook: Share a flattering photo on a friend's wall. Bonus points if they choose this as their profile pic.
23. Reflect on the Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would like to have you do unto them
24. Contribute to open journalism
25. Write an endorsement of a colleague on LinkedIn

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Flickr Lessons: Be generous and give lots of stars #socialweb

Recommended Listening

Altruism and Evolution - David Sloan Wilson - Evolutionist David Sloan Wilson argues that evolution can and should inform public policy, in areas as diverse and financial systems and restoring outdoor play for children. He founded the world's first evolutionary think tank to promote the idea.

Radiolab: The Good Show - Jad and Robert wrestle with a disturbing question: does natural selection favor selfishness? Or can it pay to be nice? We look at the cold calculations of kin selection, talk to heroes who risked their lives for strangers, and look to game theory--where doing good is sometimes a good strategy.

Oren Harman on The Price of Altruism - The origins of altruism and he explores why it is that some organisms ( even down to bacteria) sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others, for the survival of the bigger community

Doing good better - 'Tis the season of love, goodwill, and honed calculations—the rise of the new altruist.


Samaritan Day in Oaxaca
Tourism and Microphilanthropy


Charity on the Web
Platinum Rule


Be generous




Gift Economy


La Samaritana - Erick Igari

Elsewhere on the Web
Social media as gift culture: the reputation game @timrayner01


El que ayuda a otro, se ayuda a sí mismo. (One who helps another, helps himself.)
- Mexican proverb

La generosidad nos enriquece. (Generosity enriches us.)
- Mexican proverb

Let us be lavish with praise. Nothing belongs to us.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

It is more blessed to give than to receive.
- Acts 20:35 (King James Version)

Shower praise on your advocates.
- Steve Bridger, Putting People at the Heart

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

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Samaritan Day in Oaxaca