People always (never) ask me, ‘so where are you guys going with this whole thing, this idea of Do-Goodery?’.
‘Thanks for asking’, I (never) kindly reply. ‘But it’s very early.’
Believe it or not, this is a fairly major undertaking; we’re just trying to get Do-Goodery off the ground. But our goal is to enhance the lives of as many people as possible, to Do as much Good as possible.
To that end, we’re employing a focused approach here at the outset. And in the vein of ‘think globally, act locally,’ our first priority will be to work with Pittsburgh-based non-profits on the smaller end of the budget spectrum. They need our help the most, and we’re happy to celebrate their missions and projects. Our hope – as the word spreads about what we’re doing, other non-profits will want to take part in Do-Goodery seasons two, three, nine, etc.
As for content – we’ll always (always) be open to high-quality fare, regardless of subject matter. Writing, audio, video, artwork, whatever. Do-Goodery was founded as a pure meritocracy, wherein the most compelling and interesting ideas always (usually) win. If we’re true to that ideal, we can’t lose.
As for advertising or marketing – we’re trying to earn a few minutes of your day. If we’re successful, and you like what you see, hear and watch on our site, we hope you’ll tell your friends about us and grow what we intend to be a community of responsible individuals.
So what does that mean? What does ‘responsible’ mean as we sit here in 2018?
Well, it doesn’t mean we have to agree on every issue, all the time.
For us, it means we’re all willing to fight for some core values, regardless of age, race, politics, gender or religion. Values like basic human decency, respect for objective reality and an understanding that we all have vastly more in common with one other than we have differences.
As for a specific, long-term goal, well, our founder seems to think that Education is the shortest path to curing what currently ails us. Specifically, his goal seems to be getting critical thinking skills taught in k-12 across the country, and introducing young children to the genius intellects of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant and some others.
Maybe, he surmises, if we start celebrating knowledge and thinking again, the next generation can Do more Good than any of us can imagine.