EVERY DAY I DO SOMETHING KIND FOR A STRANGER!
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On the 18th August 2011, after a chance encounter in a Post Office, and in response to the 2011 Riots, I decided to do something kind for a stranger every day. To see the diary of the things I did every day go here
I recorded what I did on Facebook and twitter (#366daysofkindness @betterussell) and in my blog. At the end of the year I was invited to Woolfson and Tay gallery in Bermondsey where I exhibited photos and text from the year. On the last day of the year I “handed over” to my friend Sharon Calcutt who embarked on a year of her own (since then Sharon has “handed over” to Jenni Morris)
After the year was up, I realised that it was the best thing I had ever done, and I’d better just carry on! So I still do it every day (although I don’t post it every day as that got a bit…well… you know…)
Various things have happened as a result of this project:
On Valentine’s Day, with Alex Duggins from Time Out, my mates Chris Entwisle, Asif Iqbal and The Broken Biscuit Society, I travelled around London giving out V Day cards to total strangers.
you can see more pics here
Interview (and impromptu music lesson) with on BBC Radio Saturday Live with the Milkman of Human Kindness Billy Bragg.
you can listen to the interview here:
PRX Radio documentary The Kindness of Strangers made about the year, broadcast world wide, with Kirsty McQuire
you can listen to the documentary here:
An interactive installation with Deptford X and South Bank Centre called Dear Stranger.
You can see pictures here:
A children’s activity book published by Ivy Press, called Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy, due out May 2014.
We’ve interviewed a taxi driver, an opera singer, a vicar, a philosopher, a seniors group in London, a youth group in Birmingham, some recipients of my acts of kindness, people in London and Birmingham whose lives were affected by the riots, the lovely people at Kindness UK, the charity workers and volunteers at Deptford Charity Shop, Dan Thompson (who started #riotcleanup) and people on the street.
We’re asking everyone this question : Can Being Kind Change The World?
What do you reckon? Let me know in comments
Thanks for taking time to look. Oh, and I do think it’s possible to change the world by being kind.