Sipping a cup of Joe as the Age of AI and Altruism arrives

Dominic Cappello
3 min readMay 25, 2024

Embark, dear reader, on a journey through the kaleidoscope of our shared existence as we gaze upon a society marked by contrasts and contradictions. From the vantage point of stability, we witness a panorama of privilege, struggle, abundance, and need. In this landscape, three distinct currents flow: one teeming with altruists striving for equity, another tainted by the bitter echoes of prejudice, and the last filled with spectators seemingly frozen in the face of adversity.

As we reflect on our shared journey through the ages, we have traversed the hunter-gatherer, agrarian, industrial, and information eras, each a testament to our resilience and adaptability. Today, we stand at the precipice of a new dawn — the Age of AI and Altruism. While the latter requires our continued diligence and commitment, our progress thus far is a beacon of hope for what lies ahead.

As our world stands at the precipice of a new dawn, where technology entwines our deepest aspirations, let us forge alliances between humanity’s compassionate hearts and artificial intelligence’s boundless wisdom. Only in the dance of the two can we navigate the turbulent waters of social injustice, heal the wounds of structural oppression, and breathe life into our dreams of a more just and inclusive future.

Allow me to engage your imaginative spirits as we embark on this journey towards a more just and equitable world. Within your pockets and purses lies a powerful wellspring of knowledge, eagerly awaiting your call — a digital ally known as AI. Embrace the transformative wonders of technology by consulting the likes of ChatGPT, Perplexity, and their kin as you contemplate these essential queries: How might I rally my community around the noble cause of social justice? How can I join hands with local endeavors to ensure every family has access to crucial resources? Which literary companions might guide me in transforming altruistic intentions into decisive actions that uplift my city?

By forging a partnership with AI and blending its insights with the passions of our hearts, we can illuminate the way towards a brighter, more compassionate future.

Let’s journey through our intricate social tapestry, where mere words must blossom into deeds to challenge the shadows of injustice. While pens and keyboards may etch enlightenment upon pages and screens, genuine transformation demands we surge forth and dismantle the gears of inequality that churn in city halls, county offices, school boards, and state capitals. Harness the digital breeze of social media to uplift and inspire, yet wield it wisely to spark tangible change and forge powerful alliances in our neighborhoods. In the end, let our united energies illuminate a world where every soul is nurtured, every dream flourishes, and all barriers are relics of a bygone era.

Dominic Cappello is a writer, artist, and dedicated scholar-practitioner focusing on the intersection of social determinants of health and community empowerment. His research and fieldwork concentrate on transforming adverse conditions into positive drivers of well-being, fostering a culture of activist altruism to replace apathy. Cappello’s work is extensively documented in the seminal text, “The 100% Model: The Art and Science of Ensuring Ten Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving.”



Dominic Cappello

A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of The 100% Community Model and Anna, Age Eight.