Happiness, health, prosperity and peace, a better world for our children - all of us want these same things in life. I believe that our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. This holds the power to positively transform us from the inside and then ripple out in ever expanding circles, impacting the world at large. You can find your place in life by choosing to think good, speak good and do good. Good starts with each one of us as an individual. It's a personal journey filled with opportunities on which you can choose to…
Shari Arison is an American-Israeli, and the owner of the Arison Group, that fuses values-led businesses and philanthropic organizations. She leads commercial and social investments in 38 countries across 5 continents, with 27,000 employees.
FORBES magazine repeatedly ranked Shari Arison as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women (2011, 2012), and as the World's 2nd Greenest Billionaire (2010), acknowledging her commitment to strategic value creation for positive, game-changing environmental, economic and social outcomes.
Out of her belief that each and every one of us can give of themselves for the benefit of others, according to their own skill and abilities, Shari initiated Good Deeds Day seven years ago. Given the opportunity, people want to do good, individually and collectively. This annual celebration of giving draws hundreds of thousands in more than 50 countries around the world, all coming out to do good deeds as their heart desires. On Good Deeds Day, people from all walks of life, age and background, give of themselves for the benefit of others, society and the planet. Just imagine the impact!
It is always exciting to see the outpour of goodwill on Good Deeds Day. Countless activities and projects, involving businesses, organizations and communities, are held worldwide. Anyone can join this day, uniting together around the common goal of doing good. You can even make a pledge of goodwill by visiting Goodnet.org, signing up to take your grandma to lunch, smile all day, or anything simple that your heart desires.
To inspire and empower people to focus on goodness, Shari wrote Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good. This book highlights personal stories and those of others around the world, to give readers practical tools in making a positive difference. Shari feels she has been privileged to act through the platforms of business and philanthropy, striving daily to do her part in expanding the circles of good.
In her values-driven investments and philanthropy, initiatives such as Good Deeds Day, the digital platform Goodnet.org, and the book Activate Your Goodness, Shari wishes to demonstrate that positive impact is possible, for each and everyone personally, and in all circles of life.