ASU panel on water

Outreach & Education

An important component of The Human Generosity Project is sharing our knowledge and understanding of human generosity with the broader public and applying this knowledge to areas in which may have an important impact. The HGP organizes outreach activities to apply our emerging understanding of human sharing in times of need to topics including resource management and disaster recovery. We are also working with the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco to develop museum exhibits based on human sharing across societies.

Our outreach and education efforts include:


Resource Management

The effective management of limited resources often requires sharing among individuals and groups. We are applying the concept of need-based transfers to the problem of water management in the Phoenix metropolitan area with the goal of assessing whether human sharing systems from small-scale societies can be applied to modern resource management challenges. This work is in collaboration with Dave White and other researchers at ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC).


Museum Exhibits

Co-Directors Athena Aktipis and Lee Cronk have been involved with development of exhibits at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco for many years as Scientific Advisors for “The Science of Sharing” exhibit. The HGP team is now working with the Exploratorium to build interactive exhibits that illustrate the sharing systems that humans use across many societies.


Disaster Recovery

Giving and helping is often an essential component of effective recovery from natural or man-made disasters including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and wartime. The Human Generosity Project team is collaborating with disaster recovery experts including Keith Tidball of Cornell University to better understand the challenges and opportunities for leveraging human generosity during times of intense need.