Are we sure of success?



From my perspective (its Andy, hi!), do i worry about failing?

Yes. All the time. I’m doing it right now!

Now we have a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers joining in, covering for the skills i’m lacking – and taking the project to the next stage, beginning to turn it into a HUGE Global Movement to make the World around us all a better place to live’s unbelievably exciting right now!


Here’s a little intro to the challenges i’ve faced and still do face in creating Focallocal.

Still since the very beginning, I often question whether i have the skills required to make all of this happen – i am far from balanced in my skills, there are some area’s i excel in and some big weaknesses (i am the MOST dis-organised events organiser you’ll ever meet!). It would be crazy to expect that a project i started could really change the World, and sometimes it gets me down for a while (prob about every 6 months) – I think that’s natural, my subconscious forcing me to take a break and question everything i’m doing – and after each spell i’ve always made important changes to the project.

During one fairly long down spell, questioning whether i was setting myself up for a big fall and wasting all of my time, effort and money on Focallocal, I took a few days away and went climbing and camping on a mountain to get some distance from everything, clear my head and think things through. While up there I wrapped all my thoughts up nicely into a motto which I wrote on the side of Connie (my van) and now i read it every morning to remind myself:


‘as long as i keep moving forwards i can’t fail, and as long as i enjoy the journey it doesn’t matter if i succeed!’

..and I do enjoy the journey, and striving to make the World a better place gives me a sense of purpose.

Looking back at the photo’s and video’s of the positive events and projects i’ve been putting on this past year i’ve also come to realize that Focallocal has already succeeded. Every single activity we do has a positive impact on the people we reach out to and interact with, and that effect does ripple outwards. Perhaps someone walking past a Free Hugs event in a bad mood was reminded to smile, even if they didn’t take a hug their mood was lifted from seeing it, and so they avoided a relationship ending argument with their spouse. Maybe one young person was given a bottle of bubbles by a stranger when walking past our Bubble Blowing Flash Mobs, and it challenged a fear they had of others, so they didn’t feel the need to join a gang for protection from a World that felt unfriendly and unsafe to them.

I’ve also received messages and photo’s from folk who came to our events and were inspired to recreate them, or similar events in France, Canada, Australia, Romania, Poland, Spain, Austria and New Zealand (in-fact these messages were my inspiration for attempting to take the message further with our Road Trip).

Even if i decide tomorrow that i need a proper job, some stability and so i can eat properly again, or have money to socialise in bars with my friends, or start building a family – and i packed it all up tomorrow ..Focallocal simply can’t fail because it has already succeeded! Now it’s just a question of how much further this idea can go, and with your help how many more lives around the world we can have a positive impact on!