Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy (belated) Generosity Day!

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How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? With some ethically-sourced chocolate or flowers? How about with some generosity?

About a year ago, Sasha Dichter, Acumen Fund’s Chief Innovation Officer, decided to spend the month of December saying “yes” to everyone who asked him for money – a homeless person, a street musician, a nonprofit. Prior to this, his gut response was to say “no.” He said that this was keeping him from being the open, generous person that he wanted to be.

Sasha then got together with with Katya Andreson of Network for Good, Scott Case of Malaria No More, and Ellen McGirt of Fast Company to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day.

What does that mean? As Sasha said, it’s “… one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying Yes.”

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