People Do Good Things is a pet-project by Jim Howard. By meeting and interviewing people from all walks of life, I hope to discover and share the good things that are happening around the world, through telling the story of the people behind them, to inspire myself and others into action.
Food for thought, inspiration material, medicine from mouths.
Many, many years ago, whilst reaching my later teens, some friends and I suddenly became very much aware of the global crises facing the planet. Late night documentaries, a shift in book-reading material, stimulating conversation and lots of questioning the status-quo. Perhaps this sounds like a familiar story?
For a while I tried to soak it all in, gain all the knowledge, find the truth behind the ‘truth-y-ness’ of our society. But after a while I couldn’t take any more, I experienced what I now know as ’empathy fatigue’ – no-one was doing anything quick enough, not seeing any clear-cut answers to these problems, no secure social net to support me in the questions and not having the emotional capacity to sit in so much pain for the world, I shut down for some time…
Some years later, through a series of surprise circumstances, I came into contact with a diverse international network of wonderfully authentic, emotionally intelligent, engaging and well-meaning individuals. Through them I became aware of the many, many groups, organisations and grassroots, DIY, sort-it-out-yourself projects that are going on in the world.
Before this, I honestly didn’t realise how much positive action is taking place, how many people are stepping up and taking steps to sort it out. Once this knowledge was tapped into, I discovered more, and more, and more…
It’s no longer a surprise to me when it’s blasted over the news, or when we learn from a documentary the ten new and improved ways that mass extinction will occur [cue dramatic music] – we’re heading ‘up sh** creak without a paddle’.
It’s useful to learn the facts of the situation, but it doesn’t serve to dwell on and stay in the negative narrative. What might help us to look ahead to the future is appreciative inquiry into how humanity does work well with each other and the world around us.
Through this blog and through interviewing the varied people, projects and organisation I come into contact with, I hope to share the energy and inspiration I get from knowing that there’s a lot of good stuff going on in the world.
After-thought: I’m really curious if this sort of information spreading will go anywhere. If it does, my next curiosity will be if this could become a collaborative project – multiple people going out and interviewing others, with their questions, and posting them here or on a collective blog page (or something).
Personally I have found interviewing others an incredibly insightful and empowering thing to do, especially if you wouldn’t normally go and ask inspiring people their life stories. Armed with the great excuse of writing for an online positive news page (healthy-blag-warning), you might find yourself in some very exciting situations…