The project was first sparked by a comment by Jeremy Shapiro. Jeremy was presenting his research to the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. During that presentation, he mentioned that he wished he had a measure of dignity. It was a lightbulb moment for Tom – why isn’t there one already? He spent one very long Saturday reading everything he could, and at the end of it, he sent Jeremy the first version of the first survey scale, rough and ready, in a Google Doc filled with spelling mistakes. A version of that scale was used in Jeremy’s paper on recipient preferences, and the following year the Dignity Project was born in earnest.