Here’s a little background on how this crazy movement got started.
In February 2011, a small group of people participated in a panel discussion during Social Media Week. After the discussion, Sasha Dichter was talking to the other panelists about his “Generosity Experiment”—a month-long experiment to say “yes” to every single request for help. Inspired and energized, the group suggested that they rally people around generosity on Valentine’s Day…which was just three days later. (Want to know more about Sasha’s Generosity Experiment? Watch his amazing TED talk here.)
It spread like wildfire and people across the country and around the world chose to reboot the holiday for good.
By being free with donations, helping hands and even compliments, an impromptu movement of generosity made Valentine’s Day about more than flowers and chocolate. It made it a day to celebrate what we can do for each other—lovers, friends and strangers—to make the world a more generous place. You can read more about that first Generosity Day here.
The response was overwhelming and in 2012, it got even bigger!
We asked people to share their stories about how being generous on Generosity Day was changing the way they experienced the world. We heard tales of generosity big and small, all of which made a difference in helping us build a more generous world. Read Sasha’s blog on The Huffington Post about how Generosity Day 2012 knocked our socks off.
Now it’s 2013 and it’s up to YOU to help us make history AGAIN. We’re working to get to one million acts of generosity and to share an amazing story about what we can do when we say “yes” and reach out to others. So let’s get generous!