Cultivating Generosity

A heart warming talk by our great friend Nipun Metha: Designing for Generosity

From the TED blurb:

“What would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations?”

A compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world.

The video is charged with stories of such acts, ranging from:

  • the largest peaceful transfer of land in human history, to
  • a pay-it-forward restaurant, to
  • a 10-year-old’s unconventional birthday celebration, and
  • the stunning interaction between a victim and his teenage mugger.

With clarity and insight, it details the common threads that runs through all these gift manifestations, and invites us to participate through everyday acts of kindness — in an uplifting global movement.”

And if you liked the video, also take a few moments to read Nipun’s graduation speech


Are you giving yourself the freedom to be who you are meant to be?

          One’s own dharma, though imperfect, is better than the dharma of another well discharged.

                                                                                           Bhagavat Gita.

One of the greatest obstacles that stops us from being in harmony with ourselves and release our true potential is the attempt to fit in a predetermined mould that society has taught us to believe is ‘the’ set of beliefs, attitudes, tastes and behaviours we need to adopt in order to belong.

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Goodness

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“What would we be without an ego, a self? Perhaps we would be divine” ~ Vimala Thakar

Have you ever tried to look ‘inside’ yourself? If you have, you probably came across a mixture of positive traits of character and unproductive habits mingling with truly praiseworthy aspirations, a crowd of valid insights about the nature and relativity of reality, and a fair amount of junk.

But as you persevered and worked to disentangle the threads, you probably ended up meeting with a genuine inner goodness of being or spontaneous aspiration for being good, feeling good and wanting to do good. Everyone has it although not everyone shares the same idea of what ‘good’ means to them.

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