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WSLS10 - Virginia Tech group wants to change culture of violence 

In the aftermath of tragedies like Sandy Hook Elementary, the Aurora movie theater, and Virginia Tech, we often witness the best in people as they come together and care for one another.  Dr. Scott Geller, a professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, says there's no reason we can't express those feelings all the time, before these incidents happen. "I think we do have challenges in our culture because we've become so individualistic," said Geller.  "We lack a sense of community."

WSLS10 - Virginia Tech group works to stop bullying

Virginia Tech professor doctor Scott Geller is hoping a green bracelet will change the world, through the idea of actively caring for people. "Compassion, empathy, and actively caring can take the place of bullying,” says Geller.

WVTF Public Radio - Actively Caring for People

It has been six years since the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, when the words, “We are all Hokies” echoed around the world. Recent events suggest these horrific acts show no sign of abating. But the Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech believes there may be a solution to this trend of tragedy, which seems to have society in its grip. 

Washington Post - Active Bystanders: Colleges teach students how to help

At Virginia Tech, a grass-roots group started by a psychology professor and a group of students urges people to “ actively care” about each other at all time. The movement was started in the aftermath of the April 16, 2007, campus shooting in which a student gunman killed 32 people and wounded 25 others.

Virginia Tech Magazine - Alumni spread culture of caring (p.59)

In 1991, Alumni Distinguished Professor E. Scott Geller coined 
the term “actively caring,” describing behavior that goes beyond the call of duty to care for others. 
In the wake of April 16, 2007, “actively caring” took on a renewed importance. In 2008, Brandon Carroll (applied economic management ’11) and Shane McCarty (marketing management ’11) approached Geller with the idea of applying “actively caring” to the university.

Washington Post - Active Bystanders: Colleges teach students how to help

At Virginia Tech, a grass-roots group started by a psychology professor and a group of students urges people to “ actively care” about each other at all time. The movement was started in the aftermath of the April 16, 2007, campus shooting in which a student gunman killed 32 people and wounded 25 others.