Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Why people do good things?

Bulgarian researcher Hristo Hristov is trying to find out about the reasons and motivations that make people do charity work. The research is part of his PhD thesis at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and is likely to grow into something more.

He has been working on this project for a few years now and has been looking for altruistic people from different countries to share their motivations with him. 

You may be an EVS volunteer, a charity worker, staff at an NGO, a philanthropist, or simply someone who every now and again gives a few coins to a poor person in the street. You may be doing your good deeds to the society or to the mother nature. 

You might be one of those people who look after abandoned pets at an animal shelter or helping out at a hospital. If at any point of your life you have tried to reduce the injustice and suffering in this world, Mr Hristov wants to hear your opinions. 

Equally, if you are a scientist in a similar field yourself, you are welcome to contact him for collaboration.

Unfortunately, Mr Hristov does not yet have a website dedicated to his research, but if you send him an email expressing your interest he will email you back with the link to the online questionnaire. Alternatively, you can get the paper version of the form sent to you. The questionnaire is available in nine major European languages. 

Doing the questionnaire with Mr Hristov (right).

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