The following is a list of people, organizations, and institutions that we have worked with to varying degrees.
Ann Lynch, University of Maine at Farmington
Professor Ann Lynch teaches a freshman seminar on GoodWork at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her semester-long class incorporates the GoodWork Toolkit along with Howard Gardner’s Five Minds to shape the syllabus. The class aims to foster an understanding of the complexities of the professional world and the challenges that arise in pursuing a meaningful and ethical career. Professor Lynch’s students use ethical dilemmas, discussions, and projects to explore ideas of excellent, ethical and engaging work in the professional world and the students’ daily lives.
The Bezos Family Foundation
The Bezos Family Foundation works to strengthen and improve educational opportunities for all people, regardless of economic circumstances, and cultivate learning as a life-long process that begins at birth. The Bezos Family Foundation partners with schools and communities to enable children from all backgrounds to become agents of change. The Bezos Scholars and Aspen Institute, both started in 2005, bring students together to address issues they wish to solve through seminars, community building, and interactions with powerful leaders from across the globe. For several years, members of the Good Work team have served as judges for the Bezos Scholars Program. The scholarship brings twelve outstanding high school juniors to the Aspen Ideas Festival to begin a year of education, inspiration, and innovative work.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has created a freshman orientation and student learning environment that incorporates Good Work. Visit Bloomsburg’s Good Work Initiative website for information and materials. Additionally, a study of nursing which draws on the concepts, methodology, and protocols of the Good Work Project has been conducted by Dr. Joan F. Miller of Bloomsburg’s Department of Nursing. The purpose of this study was to explore variables that have sustained entering and experienced professional nurses in their attempts to perform good work despite the challenges they encounter in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. Guided interviews were conducted with eight entering nurses and 16 experienced nurses who were mid-level managers or leaders in the profession. Findings from this study are reported here: Miller, J. F. (2006). Opportunities and obstacles for good work in nursing. Nursing Ethics, 13 (5), 471-487.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Media exists because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development. As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, Common Sense provides trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
Design for Change, India
Design for Change is a global movement that challenges youth to put their ideas into action. The contest asks students to “feel, imagine, and do” and discover that they can make changes in their communities and worldwide. The Design for Change movement was founded around Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of children ‘being the change.’ Students work in groups of 5, choosing an issue that bothers them and then finding a solution to the problem through teamwork and creativity. Their efforts are documented and then submitted for a country-wide competition annually. Currently in its seventh year, Design for Change has spread to 44 countries, fueled solely by passion, belief, and a sense of purpose. In addition to our admiration and support for all they do, we have also conducted research to evaluate the positive effects of this competition on students and faculty from participating schools.
Echoing Green is a non-profit organization that provides support and funding for social entrepreneurs in an effort to solve broad societal problems. Through its fellowship programs, Echoing Green aims to provide over $4 million to grantees annually, which in the past have included the founders of institutions such as Teach for America, City Year, College Summit, and Citizen Schools. In January 2015, Echoing Green held a conference called “Purpose 360” at which leaders in various fields discussed how to better cultivate a sense of “purpose” oriented towards the goal of fostering a better society.
The Education Conservancy
Established in March, 2004, The Education Conservancy (EC) is a non-profit organization committed to improving college admission processes for students, colleges and high schools. By harnessing the research, ideas, leadership and imagination of thoughtful educators, EC delivers appropriate advice, advocacy and services. In a short period of time EC has established its presence and enlisted significant interest and support nationwide.
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF)
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) works to transform students into ethical leaders. tGELF has a multi-step process that works with students in grades 8-12 with the goal of instilling basic leadership skills, values, and ethics into the students’ lives. The foundation uses a comprehensive curriculum, including classes, trainings, competitions, and extra-curricular activities to nurture and mentor young people to evolve into leaders and change makers of the future. We have been working with tGELF in an effort to integrate Good Work ideas into their existing school networks.
GoodWork Hub-The Netherlands
The GoodWork Hub, emerging in 2010, is an extension of the Stichting Beroepseer (Foundation for Professional Honor), which works to address issues of professional dissatisfaction throughout the country. The GoodWork Hub serves as a center for individuals who wish to develop their professional quality and expertise. Founders Thijs Jansen, Alexandrien van der Burgt and colleagues build networks that contribute to the awareness of professional honor and speak freely about issues in the professional world.
Hans Henrik Knoop, Royal Danish University of Education, Denmark
Hans Henrik Knoop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Aarhus University. Knoop has conducted studies of “good work” in Denmark and Latvia. Overall, his research is aimed at gaining deeper understandings in three inter-related areas, all supporting happiness and well-being in human life: complexity, growth, self-organization and balance as key variables at all levels in nature, psyche and culture; play, learning, creativity and social responsibility within the framework of positive psychology; and psychological contributions to organization and leadership at all levels.
Project New Media Literacies
The New Media Literacies project (NML) is guided by two questions: What do young people need to know in order to become full, active, creative, critical, and ethically responsible participants in a media-rich environment?, and What steps do we need to take to make sure that these skills are available to all? Project NML promotes student-driven, creative, collaborative learning environments facilitated through digital media and new network technologies. Project NML is led by Dr. Henry Jenkins at the University of Southern California.
Noble and Greenough School
Noble and Greenough School is a coeducational, nonsectarian day and five-day boarding school of 550 students in grades seven through twelve. It is located on a 187-acre campus in Dedham, Massachusetts. The GoodWork Project and the Nobles community worked closely together over the course of a year, using the GoodWork Toolkit at Nobles. Here are some examples of the work they accomplished together: Workshop with Academic Department Heads; Faculty Retreat; Class IV (9th grade) Retreat and Parent Evening; Use of Toolkit Case Studies in Personal Development curriculum; Extensive Research with Nobles Constituencies (faculty, students, parents).
Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education composed of multiple, independently-sponsored research projects. Since 1967, Project Zero has examined the development of learning processes in children, adults, and organizations. Today, Project Zero’s work includes investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, ethics, and other essential aspects of human learning. Our mission is to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures and in a range of contexts, including schools, businesses, museums, and digital environments.
Quality of Life Research Center
The Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC) is a non-profit research institute that studies “positive psychology”; that is, human strengths such as creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility. The QLRC is directed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.
Stanford Center on Adolescence
Under the direction of William Damon, The Stanford Center on Adolescence aims to promote the character and competence of all young people growing up in today’s world. The Center’s work provides guidance for parenting, for improved educational practice, and for youth development in a wide variety of community settings. The Center’s Youth Purpose Project aims to establish youth purpose as an important focus of scientific study and educational practice. The project investigated the types of commitments young people hold and how those commitments develop. The Center’s interest in purpose is fueled by the conviction that it can play a powerfully generative role in development and can guard against adverse outcomes.