Amy Domini has told the “starfish story” in countless speeches and interviews, and the “starfish girl” has been associated with Domini Social Investments since the company was founded. We find it a moving illustration of how each of us can make a positive change in the world, wherever we may find ourselves.
What is apparently the original version of the starfish story appeared in The Star Thrower, a collection of essays by the naturalist and writer Loren Eiseley that appeared in 1978, a year after Eiseley’s death. The story quickly entered the popular culture. Variations have appeared in other books and on many websites, and have been used by religious organizations and in support of causes ranging from animal rights and environmental protection to education and children’s issues.