Imagine if you got a $5 bill that looked like this:
What would it inspire you to do? A group called “The Good Money Project” hopes it will inspire you to use your money for a worthy cause.
The Good Money Project created rubber stamps with the words “This money has been used for good” and has given them out to a number of people. The idea is to use the stamp to place their message on currency in an attempt to persuade others to use that money in a way that will make life better, easier, nicer, or just plain more enjoyable for someone else. It’s kind of a “pay it forward” experiment.
Could simply seeing the words “This money has been used for good” inspire others to possibly change their mind about an impending purchase? If you walked into a coffee shop with the intention of buying your daily mocha and passed by a homeless man on your way in, would you be inclined to add a blueberry muffin to your order and hand it to the homeless man on your way out?
Words may be more powerful than you think!
Three years ago a man by the name of David Gaz became inspired by a piece he read that had been written by James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis. This particular piece focused on the premise that kindness is contagious; that if people were inspired in just the right way that kindness would be come infectious…people wouldn’t be able to keep themselves from doing good for others. And that is how The Good Money Project came into being.
Gaz, a film maker, explains how the inspiration for his project came about, “”My wife told me that she thought my work was becoming dark and cynical and suggested I try something positive. Half joking, I said ‘Sure, I’m going to make a movie all about being nice.’ But a few weeks later, I came across the work of James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis, and how they scientifically had proved that kindness was contagious, and I thought that it would make a great subject for a documentary film.”
And there you have it! Inspiration that was then acted upon to bring about change! Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?
If you are interested in purchasing a stamp to help spread the word, you can visit their website at http://goodmoney.goodvirus.org/ . The stamps sell for $9.50 (their cost to produce the stamps) or you can simply write the message on the bills themselves. If you choose the latter option, the group asks that you write down the serial number of the bills and your location and email it to them so they can keep better track of the bills as they circulate. You can also choose to sponsor a stamp for $14.95 (includes shipping) for someone who would like to be a part of the program but cannot purchase a stamp for themselves.
This project goes much deeper than we have discussed in this blog. The thought and love for the human race that dwells in the hearts of Good Money’s founders has been greatly simplified here.
We encourage you to garner even more inspiration from their web site…check out their personal stories and see how this project has moved so many in such a short amount of time. So far 24 people are stamping and they have found that most of the money has gone to help the homeless.
Good Money is just a pebble in the water…but is having a huge rippling effect on the world one stamped bill at a time!