Posts tagged "Charity:Water"


On Giving to Increase Happiness

December 16, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On Giving to Increase Happiness”

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we examine an old insight about happiness and giving. It’s an insight that is now backed up by behavioral science.

The episode begins with a scene from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. From there we hear from the founder and CEO of Charity: Water, Scott Harrison. When Scott turned 18, he moved to New York City and got a job as a nightclub promoter. He lived a hedonistic lifestyle that included private jets and exotic parties. He should have been on top of the world, but he was miserable. It wasn’t until Scott moved to one of the poorest countries in the world that he started to find fulfillment. You can learn more about Scott’s story and his incredible transformation in his new book Thirst.

Next Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton explores the topic of happiness and spending. He’s the co-author of a study on the subject of happiness and spending, and the book Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending.

Finally, we hit the streets to conduct an experiment. We gave out five dollar bills to random people and asked them to spend it on themselves or give it away. Which group do you think will experience a greater level of happiness?

Listen: Choiceology: Season 2 Episode 4: Happiness: With Guests Scott Harrison & Mike Norton

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On The Power of a Story to Increase Donations

November 11, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On The Power of a Story to Increase Donations”

This episode is with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water and Joshua Coombes, founder of Do Something For Nothing.

I had the best time getting to know two amazing entrepreneurs last week when I hosted a master class called “Passion to Purpose” at the WeWork Creator Awards in London. Scott has the most interesting story and has helped millions get access to clean water. Joshua is probably best known for the haircuts he offers to homeless people all over the world and whose stories he shares shares their stories to encourage people to connect with others. These two guys essentially created their own opportunities in social entrepreneurialism using cultural norms like water and grooming to serve marginalised communities. I learned a lot and I hope you find this episode as inspiring as I did. Thank you to WeWork for having me host this.

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