It is recommended that you spend some time divided among these activities:
- Reading the material under Guidance, www.dtmg.wordpress.com/guidance,
- Thinking about your own personal development (or your groups’ development) and your achievements as a benefactor to society or to individual people
- Thinking about and tentatively selecting one or more goals for your development
- Selecting an objective you would like to accomplish and begin planning a course of action and a completion date
- Starting to work
You may find some of these activities difficult or challenging. You may have someone or some group to help you. You are invited to complete the contact form below:
You are welcome to give your thoughts about any of the five activities listed above and to give information about yourself (or your group). No information will be disclosed to anyone without your permission.
It is the hope and the intention of the creators of this website that a network and an organization will be formed to publicize the ideas presented by this website and to put these ideas into practice. Many individual and cooperative efforts may result.
An initial “wiki” website has been started, http://doing-good.wikia.com. Feel free to initiate projects of giving or receiving help.
There are several resources that you may find inspiring or helpful in meeting the general goal of serving the needs of others:
- The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley has website, http://greatergood.berkeley.edu, which regularly has insights on Gratitude, Altruism, Compassion, Empathy, Forgiveness, Happiness and Mindfulness. It also has frequent new articles.
- One article that appeared recently was “Wired to Wonder”, whose author Todd Kashdan suggests that if you want to live a more meaningful life you should start by asking questions, http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/wired_to_wonder.
- A website which sees itself as “The Social Network for Social Good” and which has a daily newsletter about worthwhile and forward-thinking projects is http://www.good.is/.
- YES magazine and its website, http://www.yesmagazine.org/, advocate solving big problems locally. Its big topics are Peace and Justice, Planet, New Economy, People Power, and Happiness.
- William Coplin in his book “How You Can Help: An Easy Guide to Doing Good Deeds in Your Everyday Life” argues that the best opportunities for doing good come from what you know about and are a part of. The further away from such opportunities you go the greater the chance for your being less effective and doing more harm than good.