The Good Project Timeline
1994 – 1995
-Psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, and Howard Gardner spend the year together at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. Over the course of the year, they develop rough plans for a collaborative project called The Humane Creativity Project, a study of whether and how one can be both creative and humane. An initial grant comes from the Hewlett Foundation, followed shortly by co-funding from the Ford Foundation and Courtney Ross.
-The Humane Creativity Project team elects to focus initially on two professions with profound effects on the human condition: journalism (which controls our media and determines our memes) and genetics (which explains our genes and may ultimately engineer them).
-Hans Henrik Knoop of the Royal Danish School of Educational Studies joins the Humane Creativity project as the first international partner doing pilot studies in Latvia.
1997 – 2006
-The Humane Creativity Project changes its name to the GoodWork Project. Over 50 researchers on five campuses begin to conduct in-depth interviews with professionals in genetics and journalism. (Major contributors include Lynn Barendsen, Kendall Bronk, Wendy Fischman, Carrie James, Hans Henrik Knoop, Seana Moran, Jeanne Nakamura, and Susan Verducci.) Over the course of the next decade, researchers speak to over 1200 workers drawn from 9 domains: journalism, genetics, theater, business, K-12 education, higher education, law, medicine, and philanthropy. Individuals range in age and professional stage; the interview subjects include 10-15 year-olds, high school students, individuals in the first few years of their careers, many professionals at the height of their careers, and veteran professionals.
1998 – 2001
-Hans Henrik Knoop, together with colleagues Ebbe Vestergaard, Frans Ørsted Andersen, and Inge Svendsen, conducts studies of Good Work in Education and Journalism. Several papers and reports are published in Danish and English.
-The Traveling Curriculum in Journalism is developed in collaboration with the Committee of Concerned Journalists. This application is a series of “traveling” training workshops for mid-career journalists that address standards of the domain.
-The Project’s first book-length publication, Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet (Basic Books), is published in September 2001. To date, it has been translated into eight languages.
-The first course based on Good Work themes and findings, “Good Work in Education: When Excellence, Engagement, and Ethics Meet,” is taught at Harvard by Howard Gardner.
-Additional courses based on Good Work themes and findings are initiated in the United States, including:
“Good Work in the Global Context” at New York University (Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and Howard Gardner)
“Integration of Liberal Studies” at San Jose State (Susan Verducci)
“Communication in Organizations” at Colorado State University (Kirsten Broadfoot)
“Ethics and Professional Identity: What is Good Work?” at Georgetown Law School (Carrie Menkel-Meadow)
“Entrepreneurship and Good Work” at Brown University (Josef Mittlemann)
-The first Good Work Project Conference is held in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish School of Educational Studies in participation with William Damon and Howard Gardner.
–The Good Work Toolkit is developed to encourage young individuals and their teachers, coaches, supervisors, and mentors to talk about and reflect on issues of “Good Work.” Researchers pilot the series of portraits and activities/prompts with individual teachers from many different schools.
-The second Good Work Project conference is held in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish School of Educational Studies in participation with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura.
-Several publications are released, including:
Good Business (Viking Books)
Making Good (Harvard University Press)
The Moral Advantage (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
-The team begins implementing the Good Work Toolkit within whole schools (students, teachers, faculty, parents) and facilitating workshops for professionals in education (at Harvard Project Zero and other educational settings).
-Daedalus volume published, dedicated in part to findings from the Project.
-The Trust & Trustworthiness Project, a study of young people’s trust conceptions, is launched (Harvard).
-College workshops on web-based surveys of students and educators at three colleges are organized by Claremont Graduate University staff. Feedback from the surveys is shared with stakeholders at these colleges. Conversations revolve about the implications of misalignment within the institutions.
-“Meaningful Work in a Meaningful Life,” a college-level course, is developed in collaboration with Rushworth Kidder and the Institute for Global Ethics for Colby College (Waterville, ME), hosted by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.
-A collaboration is launched with Lloyd Thacker (Education Conservancy) to address issues of college admissions.
–Taking Philanthropy Seriously is published (Indiana University Press).
-The Good Play Project, a study of youth and digital ethics, is launched (Harvard).
–Responsibility at Work is published (JosseyBass).
-The Quality study is launched (Harvard).
-The Developing Minds and Digital Media project is launched (Harvard).
-The Youth Purpose Project is launched, involving field work in high schools in U.S. and U.K (Stanford).
-The Sources of Good Mentoring project is launched (Claremont).
-Claremont Graduate University begins offering Master’s and Ph.D. programs in positive psychology building on Good Work research.
2007 – present
–Project Zero Classroom and Future of Learning Institute workshops focus on the Good Work Toolkit and The Good Play Project (Harvard).
-Damon’s work continues at Stanford University. Much of it focuses on the development of a sense of purpose—the pursuit of work or interest to which an individual is passionately committed.
-Csikszentmihalyi and Nakamura’s work continues at the Claremont Graduate Center. Good Work has become a significant part of the burgeoning field of positive psychology; the motivational state of ‘flow’ continues to be central in work carried out at the Claremont Center for the Quality of Life; studies of good mentoring begun during the initial research period continue.
-The Good Collaboration study is launched (Harvard).
-The Trust in Philanthropy study is launched by Susan Verducci and Andreas Schoeer, University of Heidelberg.
2008 – present
–“Reflecting on Your Life” sessions, a collaboration between the Good Work team, Harvard Freshman Dean’s Office, and Harvard Professor Richard Light, are launched (Harvard).
–Good Mentoring is published (Jossey Bass).
–Youth, Ethics, and the New Digital Media is published (The MIT Press).
-Our former website, Goodworktoolkit.org, is launched.
-Good Work is the theme of Annual Expeditionary Learning Conference (Kansas City).
-Good Work is a theme of the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology in Copenhagen, with participation from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, Howard Gardner, and Jeanne Nakamura.
-GoodWork is among the main research topics at the new research unit for positive psychology at Aarhus University headed by Hans Henrik Knoop.
–GoodWork: Theory and Practice is published.
-The American Civic Purpose project is launched (Stanford).
-The Good Participation study is launched (Harvard).
-Collaboration with the Good Work Hub in the Netherlands begins.
-A Good Work certification program is created for teachers in New Delhi, India, in collaboration with the Global Leadership and Education Foundation.
-The Good Work initiative is launched at Bloomsburg University.
-The Civic Trust Among Young Immigrants Project is launched in collaboration with Carola Suarez-Orozco and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco.
-The Elementary Good Work Toolkit is piloted with primary school students.
-Common Sense Media and the Good Play Project release a Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.
-A Quality Course is piloted at the Project Zero Summer Institute.
-The current Good Project website is launched, encompassing all of our “good” initiatives.
-The first domestic Good Work Conference organized by the Project is held in March 2013 at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.
–The App Generation by Katie Davis and Howard Gardner is published.
–Disconnected by Carrie James is published.
-Good Project researchers participate in Facing History and Ourselves’ Day of Learning “Choosing to Participate”
-Colleagues in the Netherlands at the Professional Honor Foundation continue their efforts with Dutch professionals, holding sessions on Good Work and professional identity
-The Good Collaboration Toolkit is launched as a free, online resource
-The Project Zero Classroom and Future of Learning summer institutes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education offer sessions on Good Project themes
-Howard Gardner’s blog “The Professional Ethicist” is launched, focusing on ethical issues in the professions
-Good Work is featured as a cover story in Convene magazine
–Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet is published in Japanese
-Howard Gardner begins his blog “Life-Long Learning” on HowardGardner.com, where he publicizes findings from his research on higher education in the United States
-The Good Project begins a collaboration with United World Colleges to investigate the impact of their educational program on students
-An online module based on the GoodWork Toolkit is released, animating two dilemmas and pairing them with activities
-The three founders of the Good Work project are named among the most influential living psychologists by TheBestSchools.org
-To be continued!