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EncourageGood

Page history last edited by Tantek 12 years, 2 months ago

Encourage Good

 

Thoughts in progress on people doing good, recognizing it, encouraging it.

 

Most people want to be good, and do good, even if/when they accidentally do good. Most people, when offered the opportunity to do good, will accept.

 

Thus if we "lower the barrier to entry for good behavior" (tweeted 2008-08-20), we encourage good, we effectively cause good.

 

Related: InterpretPositively.

 

positive feedback reinforcement

There is a lot of potential for recognizing people for accidental good, people feel good about doing good, and if they didn't think/know they were doing good, but later are recognized as such, it's like a retrospective boost.

 

Such positive feedback may make them remember/recognize what they accidentally did, and attempt to explicitly repeat it in the future, thus learning how to do more good.

 

Developing a habit of doing good is more important than any one act of doing good, and thus obviously whether or not a particular act of good was intentional or accidental.

 

positive sum game

It is nice to do good. When a person does good, it gives them hope and increases their sense of and self-worth, and most likely benefits the recipient(s) as well.

 

Thus it's a win-win positive sum game.

 

scaling good

 

By lowering the barrier to entry for good behavior in a distributed, decentralized way, we encourage distributed, decentralized good, which scales far better than individual acts or even individual encouragement of acts of good.


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