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G is for Generosity Being The Stimulation For Doing Good Work

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There are many motivations for doing good work. A person may be motivated by pursuing a cause, following their vocation or achieving a specific goal.

Some people are inspired by a sense of generosity. They want to help other people to live healthy and happy lives. Different people choose different ways to express generosity in their work.

A person may show kindness by working as a nurse, doctor or other caring professional. They may do practical things to provide people with the basic materials for life – such as food, water or housing. They may pass on wisdom that enables people to shape their future lives.

Looking back on your life, can you think of a situation when you were stimulated by generosity to do good work? You may have helped a person overcome a setback, created an environment in which people could grow or helped people in other ways.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to describe a time when you were stimulated by generosity to do good work. It then invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific things that may stimulate you to do good work in the situation,

Describe the specific things you can do to do good work.

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of taking these steps.

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Here are some people who have expressed generosity in action. You will, of course, find your own way of taking such steps.

Generosity In Action: Dr. V’s work
on giving people the gift of sight

Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy was known as Dr. V. His work led to millions of people being helped to enjoy the gift of sight.

The author Pavithra Mehta was related to Dr. V. She says his approach was both practical and profound. He believed that by healing others we were also healing ourselves. He described his philosophy as:

To give sight to all and to see all as one.

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Below is a film about his work called Infinite Vision. This was written and directed by Pavithra Krishnan, whilst the cinematography and editing was done by Ayla Gustafson.

Here is the official introduction to the film. You can discover more about Dr V’s legacy via the following link.

http://www.aravind.org/

An eye clinic with 11 beds. A country with 12 million blind and one doctor dedicated to a beautiful dream.

Infinite Vision is the story of Dr. V, the legendary eye surgeon from South India who made it his mission to restore sight to the blind and whose work has resulted in one of the world’s most extraordinary models of service delivery.

This film traces the inspiring life journey of a visionary dedicated to serving humanity, outlines the evolution of the Aravind model of eye care and affords glimpses into the spirituality that has guided both for over fifty years in service for sight. 

Generosity In Action: Rodrigo Arboleda’s
work on providing one laptop per child

Rodrigo is Chairman and CEO of the One Laptop Per Child Association. The organisation has so far distributed more than 2.7 million laptops. These have gone to children in 41 countries and in 21 languages, including many indigenous languages.

Here is some background from the organisation’s website. You can discover more about its superb work at:

http://one.laptop.org/

 Mission

OLPC’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest children through education.

We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop.

To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning.

With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together.

They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

Learning is the basis for full human, social,
economic and democratic development

As the pace of change in the world increases dramatically, the urgency to prepare all children to be full citizens of the emerging world also increases dramatically.

No one can predict the world our children will inherit. The best preparation for children is to develop the passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn.

The root cause of the rapid change, digital technology, also provides a solution. When every child has a connected laptop, they have in their hands the key to full development and participation.

Generosity In Action: Ellen MacArthur’s work on creating
a circular economy
for both present and future generations

Ellen became famous for her round-the-world yacht voyages. Whilst on the yacht she became increasingly aware of environmental challenges. This led to her exploring how human beings could live with just the resources available and cut out waste.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation now focuses on practical ways we can apply the Circular Economy. This is a gift we can give to future generations. Here is a more detailed introduction from the Foundation’s web site.

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy.

The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which materials flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to re-enter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.

A circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural.

This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services. The system diagram illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological materials through the ‘value circle’.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation when a feeling of generosity may stimulate you to do good work?

You may want to help a person in a particular situation, create an environment in which people can grow, pass on knowledge that can help future generations or whatever.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to describe a situation when generosity may stimulate you to do good work. It then invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific things that may stimulate you to do good work in the situation.

Describe the specific things you can do to do good work.

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of taking these steps. 

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