We picked a spot to sit in the sun while we made and decorated some “Unisciti a Noi. Prendere Una Bolla” signs (Join us and Blow a Bubble signs (i hope). We then picked a spot where lots of people were passing, near the Verona Stadium (a cool Colosseum style ancient building)
It takes less than 5 mins to set up a Positive Action Activity, and less than 5 seconds to add some Positive Action into your day, so why does nearly everyone i meet say they are too busy? this is the biggest challenge we face at Focallocal
It took a long time for a the perfect name to come. thank you to everyone who helped bounce ideas around with me until a name came up that was right for our big, fairly slow, colourful, and cheerful van. Conn(i)e is driving around the World spreading Connection, so the name is simply the essence and spirit of our van and road trip, and it seems to fit the reliable but slightly sluggish old girl like a glove ..perhaps a glove for all the happy hand prints our members decorated the side with :O)
So please welcome Conn(i)e to our community, and if you see her knock on the side and ask for the paint pens i have inside so you can add your colourful and positive art and decorations to make her look even more awesome! Conn(i)e has come a long way since the day i bought her. for a start, no rust, all the door locks work now (up from just one) and the solar panel and leisure battery mean i can cook and plugin my electronics inside.
Here’s the route and itenary of the Focallocal Road Trip4 Connection.
It still needs a little collective magic to make it work and you can be a part of making it happen, do you;
have friends in a city between Lyon and Berlin that would like to run an event with us on the 2nd Aug?have friends we can contact to run events and projects in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia or Bulgaria?know any beautiful beachside or lakeside towns, or mountain villages en-route that my life would be complete if i visit to work from mid-week? Sprinkle some star dust on our trip to change the World and bring people and local commuities closer together, everywhere! (click for larger image)
14th July – 21stBarcelona 26th JulyLyon 2nd August? 08 Aug. 2014 – 10 Aug. 2014Wilde Mohren Festival, Berlin 16th AugBerlinFlash Mob Urban Beautification/ or Edible Cities23rd AugVienna 30th AugLjubjana 6th SeptCroatia 13th SeptBosnia 20th SeptSerbia 27th SeptBulgaria 4th OctThessaloniki 11th OctThassosFocallocal Connection Festival
Focallocal is a great project! Its so simple and i think that’s why it works and helps to connect people. We all live on the same planet, but in our cities and neighborhoods we don’t communicate or collaborate as one anymore; we forgot how much power people have when they get together – The power to build better world. To create a global connection we must start from local communities. We have forgotten that in a community we can share many things, skills, ideas, problems and solutions, and also happiness.
Here’s a video of my 1st public speaking gig. I’m not a big fan of drawing attention to myself, but it is a great opportunity to spread awareness of our idea and mission to use simple events to spread Focallocal around the World so i couldnt turn it down
Run-Riot feature Andy’s speech at the ‘Change, How? event on ideas to change how our democracy and society work. Have a read for more about how our project and the wonderful activities our members are all helping to bring to give a smile to everyone around us
Hello, my name is Pako, and I travelled with Andy for a few weeks, supporting the Focallocal Community and Movement, and helping as much I could. IMG20140517061021781 He has asked if I would write an article about a Free Hug activity we did in Paris to share with the Focallocal community my experience and feelings, and how people reacted to us
The money was clearly gone (although I have spent many, many hours searching every corner of the van), and complaining about it wasn’t going to solve anything, so we headed out to meet our friend in Paris, the lovely Dora, who is probably the most enthusiastic and permanently happy person i’ve ever met..
click to read more tales of adventure and taking to the streets across Europe to make the World happier
I guess i wanted this trip to be an adventure. I certainly wouldn’t have chosen the beginning its had, but if i can find some way to keep on going then i suppose its will make for the beginnings to an excellent story ..all the best ones tales wouldn’t have happened without a dramatic turn of events.