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World of Good Learning Project

Promoting Good World Inventions & Compassion Science to Inspire and Engage Youth & Families human ingenuity + empathy = positive global change

Summary Overview

Contact: Good World Partners Dan Siegel & Jenny Yancey 322 Laverne Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-7822 goodworldpartners@gmail.com


Overview: The World of Good Learning Project aims to deepen understanding among young people (and families) about human-centered design, new technologies and compassion science that benefit humanity. Good World Partners (GWP) plans to spotlight path-breaking inventions that save and enrich lives—and explain new scientific findings about altruism and empathy--in order to help build a culture of caring and worldly connection. Acting as a partnership-driven Innovation Hub, GWP is crossing sectors, connecting dots and bringing creative players to the table to launch this effort. We aim to ignite and significantly leverage the imagination of students to invent and design tools and technologies for the greater good, and to deepen conversation and learning about what it means to be fully human and meaningfully connected in today’s world.

Program Focus & Framework The World of Good Learning Project marries together two critical themes at the cutting edge of science and technology: the exciting new inventions of human ingenuity that are improving the world, and new scientific understandings about the physiological basis of empathy and compassion. These core elements—Good World Inventions and The Science of Good—are two sides of the same coin that seeks to advance the currency of caring across our culture and the world. This effort is informed by the belief that being and doing, maker and machine, self and society are relationships that are all inextricably linked, and when understood can advance human and global progress. 1. Good World Inventions: Our era of technological innovation is witnessing widespread and game-

changing advances in digital communications, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and other fields. As Steve Jobs is considered the next Ben Franklin, less recognized, understood and celebrated are the technologies being invented that directly benefit humanity and save lives. There is a need and an exciting opportunity to showcase and inspire Good World Inventions that significantly benefit the quality of life/livelihoods around the world. The list is long and growing rapidly: Solar cooking stoves and hippo water rollers that ease the workload of women and children; digital tools and mobile devices that advance learning and livelihoods; soccer balls that store light for kids to be able to read and learn at night. Some of these socially-beneficial inventions are being created by young people themselves. We believe that such inventions and innovations are ideal ways to educate kids about the world, best practices in design thinking, and how they as young people can be part of the solution. Nobel Prize laureate Muhammed Yunis speaks of the day when global poverty will only be witnessed in a museum as a relic of the past. In that exhibit, we will surely find Good World Inventions that advance the human condition.

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2. The Science of Good: New findings in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and child development demonstrate that human beings are wired for compassion and empathy. For example, UC Berkeley Psychology Professor Dacher Keltner, author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, summarizes how evolutionary science and brain physiology explains human cooperation that binds us together and encourages altruistic behavior. This emerging science of caring, empathy and human connection can help to inspire, support and strengthen the ethic of service and youth philanthropy that has been growing over the past two decades.

Program Learning & Engagement Components The World of Good Learning Project will be undertaking an initial research and development phase to identify and refine high-impact and scalable program strategies to advance its educational mission. We begin this process with a focus on three program components that will be deeply assessed and developed with program partners. 1. World of Good Curriculum & Interactive Learning Tools: GWP will work with scalable partners to create curriculum and hands-on learning experiences for kids and youth to explore the “inner world� of doing good and the invention of new tools that benefit humanity. This learning content offers school teachers and adult educators an ideal way to uniquely teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) blending in core elements of social and emotional learning (SEL). We will develop and design curriculum learning and engagement tools (cobranded and white-label) with innovative partners and large distribution channels for impact. We are exploring interactive traveling exhibit concepts to showcase Good World Inventions at children and science museums, libraries and schools. 2. Summer Camp Programming: Utilizing the World of Good curriculum, we will design and package learning program modules that can be offered to young people at educational summer camps nationwide. 3. The Inventing Good Challenge: The world demands that the would-be inventors of today are dreaming of tools that benefit humanity and the environment. With that goal in mind, we will organize and launch, with and through partners, design thinking contests for kids to envision, imagine and create Good World Inventions. The Inventing Good Challenge will be integrated into the World of Good curriculum and school/summer programs.

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Project Co-Leaders Jenny Yancey and Dan Siegel each bring more than 25 years of experience creating and managing nonprofit organizations and working as consultants, researchers, trainers and writers promoting effective philanthropy and innovation in the nonprofit sector. They have a strong track record of envisioning and building new infrastructure support models in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, convening leaders across organizations and sectors, sparking collaborative ventures, advising donors, and working with young people. Yancey and Siegel co-founded YouthGive, a nonprofit organization enabling children, youth and families to discover the power of philanthropy and create positive change in their community and the world. They developed The Giving Journey curriculum of YouthGive, led teen travel philanthropy trips to Africa that documented solutions to global poverty, and helped youth tell the stories of nonprofits making a difference locally and globally. They previously co-led New Visions PRD, an international philanthropic research and development organization that consulted to major foundations and individual donors, and undertook cutting edge research to advance philanthropy. They co-authored a three-year national study of the donor education field, Philanthropy’s Forgotten Resource? Engaging the Individual Donor, in partnership with the Ford, Hewlett, Kellogg and Packard foundations.

Project Advisors Sara Boettiger is Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and the CEO & President of the Global Access to Technology for Development (GATD) Foundation. Her work specializes in programs and policies supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, product development, technology transfer, and business development in and for developing countries. She has consulted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, McKinsey & Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank. Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and serves as the Faculty Director and Founder of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. His academic research and writing focuses on prosocial emotions and the biological and evolutionary basis of the benevolent affects, including compassion, awe, love, and gratitude. Dacher is the co-author of two best-selling textbooks, one on human emotion, the other on social psychology, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good. Lynn Luckow was most recently the chief executive of Craigslist Foundation, following a long career as president and CEO of Jossey-Bass Publishers. He also served for two years as transition president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers. Lynn has served on or consulted to more than 40 nonprofit boards, including Chanticleer and the National 4-H Council, and chaired the board of San Francisco’s Project Open Hand. He currently serves as dean of the Noyce Leadership Institute.

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Promoting Good World Inventions &Compassion Science to Inspire and Engage Youth & Families