Go out into the world and do well,
but more importantly,
go out into the world and
~Minor Myers, Jr.
Doing Good is an education experience, a journey through what it means to be human, how we can care for self and others and help make the world a better place to be.
Based on the textbook produced by The Forgotten International entitled Doing Good, this online portal (a Doing Good gateway) offers inspiring resources, accessible tools and a Facebook community forum for collaboration and sharing.
There is a multitude of ways in which these ideas and materials can be infused, applied or modified to fit any context, class, club or general group of learners.
Compassionate educators and youth leaders will find:
large and small group discussions
experiential learning activities
reflective writing activities
modifications for subject area classes
printables and video links
service project ideas
Now, you can be part of a global community of heart-led, service-minded individuals who foster compassion in students, community and beyond. Open the gate, and help us cultivate a more conscious, connected, caring world!
Synopsis of each module
This first unit gives participants an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the extent to which they are grateful for their gifts in life. The activities in this module allow participants to question, discuss, realize and express gratitude in a variety of positive ways.
2) The Real World
The goals of this session are to broaden the world view of the participants, highlight and honor the diverse human population, and to also show the real connectedness of humanity. Through interactive quizzes, enlightening simulations, and critical thinking & reflection activities, participants can expand their knowledge, perspectives and understanding of the world and global issues.
3) The Problems We Face
In this lesson, the aim is to identify the major challenges facing the world and get the participants to begin thinking about how (together) we can take on some of these challenges and, in the process, make the world a better place. Human rights are studied through UN documents and videos, and participants can share their vision of a better world through creative projects.
The importance of this module is to explore and experience the concept of empathy and how it differs from pity and sympathy. Through role-playing, documentary films, and perhaps field trips or paired homework projects, participants can see and understand what it means to be empathetic.
This unit takes empathy a step further to show how feelings of empathy often lead to acts of compassion. Understanding the levels of compassion and the impact that each can have in someone’s life is delivered and demonstrated through research & reporting on compassionate people in the world, creating compassionate outreach or correspondence, spreading “random acts of kindness, and committing to practice compassion for self and others in their daily lives.
6) Poverty Near and Far
The focus of this module is to bring attention and awareness to the major world issue of poverty, as well as an introduction of ideas to help alleviate poverty. By examining the cyclical nature of poverty and the ways in which it affects virtually all aspects of a person’s life, including health, education, human rights and mortality, participants are inspired to conduct further research into specific kinds of poverty or organizations that work at alleviating poverty, and present their findings through any number of creative means.
7) Out of Poverty
The principal objective of this chapter is to demonstrate how charitable giving, and compassionate acts can work to alleviate poverty and change lives. Through discussions about the most charitable people in history, videos of CNN Heroes, investigations of campaigns or initiatives led by compassionate young people, participants can begin to develop their own plan to help lift people out of poverty.
8) Needs, Wants and Waste
With an emphasis on distinguishing between wants and needs, this lesson addresses some of the problems related to overconsumption, and questions whether the acquisition of material goods has any relationship to happiness. Activities could include charting and comparing wants and needs of several different societies, creating info-graphics related to a stage of production shown in the video, “Story of Stuff”.
What better goal for this module than to dive into the study of what makes people happy, the pursuit of happiness, and myths about happiness. Participants can also explore and experiment with the most effective ways to live a happier life through lively games, quizzes, list-making, affirmations and acts of kindness and generosity toward others.
10) Doing Good
In this culminating unit, participants get to bring together the life lessons, their personal growth through the program, their relationships with others and all their qualities and skills to create a “Doing Good” project that demonstrates their ability to DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD, BE GOOD…for goodness sake! This unit has a myriad of engaging activities and resources.
Every unit in the book is chock full of inspiring ideas and activities for young people to make the world a better place. A comprehensive list of video links, printable handouts, other websites and online resources can be found under the menu tab Teaching Resources.