Fighting For A More Generous World

Uploaded by NDdotEDU on 19.10.2012

Christian Smith Ph.D.,:  We all have the power to transform someone else's life,
and every day, some people do. Katie's Krops:  Thirteen year-old Katie
grows thousands of pounds of food a year in her garden to feed needy families like mine.
Gentle Giant Moving Co:  When the housing market crashed, my coworkers agreed to cut
their salaries, layoffs were avoided, and I was able to keep my job. 
David Miller:  Thirty years after graduation, Chris, my college roommate, gave me his kidney. 
He saved my life. Smith: So why do some of us give so much,
and others so little, and how can we help other people become more generous?
Narrator:  At the University of Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith is leading an
international research effort to study the causes, manifestations, and consequences of
generosity. Smith:  It's the premise of our project
that a more generous world is a better world.  We are doing something truly unique here in
studying generosity scientifically instead of philosophically. 
Narrator:  Notre Dame is awarding grants in fields of research from psychology to genetics,
with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.  Nicholas Christakis, MD, Ph.D.,  :  Notre
Dame has taken a leadership role in putting a bright light on the topic of generosity. 
With these grants we've done everything from map social networks in Africa, to recruit
subjects from around the world to participate in experiments all directed at understanding
why are we generous to each other. Smith:  The goal of our research is to provide
the tools and insights to people in organizations to help make the world a more generous place.
Narrator:  The University of Notre Dame asks:  What would you fight for?
Katie:  Fighting to feed the Hungry. Gentle Giant:  Fighting for our coworkers.
Chris Nagle:  Fighting to save a friend. Smith:  We are the Fighting Irish.