In my years of frequent travel, I’ve learned that nothing comes cheap in an airport. A bottle of water that normally costs $1 in a supermarket or convenience store suddenly sells for $4. Which is why I was did a double take when I saw this water display in the Dublin airport: Continue reading Plane Water and the Honesty Box: An Unexpected Airport Kindness
If you live in a big city (or maybe even if you don’t), you’ve likely been targeted at least once for a well-known scam. A well-dressed person near a transit center claims to have fallen on very temporary hard times such as losing a wallet and needs cash for a train or bus ticket home. Could you possibly spare $10 or $20 to help out? They’d normally never ask, and they’ll even mail the money back if you can help them out of a tight spot. Maybe you take pity, only to see the same person telling the same story in the same train station the next week. It’s a con. Continue reading How Social Media May Help Curb Con Artists
If you wanted people to donate money to help a stranger, how would you do it?
A good first step to take would be to make the recipient seem like less of a stranger. Research on altruism generally shows that we’re more likely to behave generously toward people we know and like. Interventions to increase altruistic behavior often focus on making the recipient more real to the giver–by using photos and stories, by urging the giver to take the perspective of the recipient, and so forth. Continue reading Relatedness for Social Good: Microlending