Give What You Know: Creative Microphilanthropy Advice for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge Give What You Know: Creative Microphilanthropy Advice for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge
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Give What You Know: Creative Microphilanthropy Advice for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge

by Courtney Martin

December 17, 2011

He drew a cartoon about why therapy is necessary, with a link to a super simple informational site about how to find a therapist in your local area. Then he bought online advertising space on gaming sites and other places where he thought there might be some folks lurking who hadn’t been exposed to therapy’s healing potential before, and he ran the cartoon.

There were click-thrus in the thousands. Who knows what kind of psychic relief Ethan’s small act of funny philanthropy might have set off?

And lest you think the thing that makes you come alive has to be professional, think again. Dena is a dedicated educator, committed to creating better, healthier schools for some of America’s poorest students in the Bronx—where she was born and raised—but she’s also a badass baker. She decided to use her money to buy the supplies for a bread-baking party, then invited over some of her favorite people and offered to teach them how to make their very own doughy goodness from scratch.

She was inspired by the idea that food brings people together, that it is a form of love and communion, summed up nicely in this quotation from feminist science fiction novelist Ursula K. LeGuin: “Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”

So what can you remake? Whatmakes you come alive? Creative microphilanthropy is all about assessing what you've already got, and figuring out how to leverage it for good laughs, great eats, and maximum generosity.

Photo (cc) via Flickr user Wonderlane.

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Give What You Know: Creative Microphilanthropy Advice for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge