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Teach: Generosity Tools

The tools on this page can be adapted to teach generosity, altruism, beneficence, or magnanimity.
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Stinginess, Generosity, and Indulgence Stories

Free tool available upon request from the Project on Positive Leadership.

  • Author: Ryan Quinn
  • Date: 2020
  • Series: Virtues and Vices
  • Pages: 6
  • Summary: This is one of the tools that makes up the Project on Positive Leadership’s “Virtues and Vices” series of instructional tools. It contains four stories of generosity, stinginess, or indulgence. A tool with multiple stories enables students to examine what is required to exhibit ideal generosity across different settings, and to account for the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Each story includes carefully-crafted reflection questions to provoke the students’ learning, to prepare them for class, to prepare themselves to practice generosity, and to motivate them to be more mindful about their approach to leadership.

Reciprocity Ring

  • Activity
    • Give and Take, Inc.
  • Summary: This highly engaging activity reveals that people are much more inclined to be generous than we often think they are, and shows what can happen to a group when generosity becomes the norm.

Give and Take Assessment

  • Activity
    • Price: Free
    • By Adam Grant
  • Summary: This assessment may not be enough to fill a whole class, but it is a good way to get people to think about their proclivities toward generosity, and a nice conversation-starter.
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