October 7, 2014

Pillow Fights 4Connection and Open Skills Sharing in Linz

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The weather was wonderful and the people of Linz were sunny and smiley. It may have been a more laid back city than the last stop in Klagenfurt, or perhaps it was just the weathers warm effect on people, but regardless everyone seemed very happy to see us – whether they joined in or not.

We started off with a Pillow Fight 4Connection, inviting lots of lovely people to come and join the fun with us, and the next day we ahd a fairly calm, and small Open Skills Share, with Aerial Silks lessons, Jewellery Making, Self Defence and Slack Lining. The Aerial Silks required us to find a good tree, ending up in a fairly secluded spot not making too much effort to invite passres-by to join us, as we usually would ..mostly some of us were a little hung-over.

airial silksThough we really should have made more effort to invite the public to join us, to make the event more Focallocally, the Opens Skills Share was still a lovely event.

Here’s what two of them had to say about their experience:

“I really enjoyed those two days at the Focallocal events with you and Katarina. It was a nice distraction from the daily routine and the eventsmade me really happy. It was nice getting to know new people and have fun with them, even if it was often only for a few minutes. I think about doing such events myself sometime because i think laughter and happiness should be shared more often! Maybe now I will with Focallocal. Thank you for everything!”


“It was really fun meeting you. I loved your activities. I think such things are wonderful, not only to bring people together, but also to remind people whats important in life! (uuh that sounds deep )

But seriously, how often do you get asked “How do you pay for all this” when the important question would be “What is your favourite pillow for the pillow fight and what kind of grass do you like to lay on?”





The answer’s to the question’s Sophie asked me are;


  • i like a cheap, non feathery one with a colourful pillow case. The really cheap ones are softer so they don’t hurt, and you can swing them faster – in and out like a flash of lightning :P.

  • Much as anyone else I guess, soft green grass, although I also love laying on freshly cut grass which reminds me of my primary school :0)


  • At the moment Focallocal’s operations are pretty much run by me, although i’m building so we will become more of a self-running community soon. Focallocal is designed to have as few costs as possible, running mainly on the positive energy of our commuity.

  • There are a few unavoidable costs, like web hosting, and Connies little mountain top break down (Stuck in Paradise). to cover those we have re-launched The Focallocal Worldwide Kindness Auction and have a T-Shirt and Badges shop coming.

  • The van (Connie) runs on old cooking oil (WVO) which I collect from local restaurants (article coming soon). I mostly eat couscous, or oats which I buy in bulk,and have big bag of (horrible tasting 😉 Spirulina for nutrition. that’s like 20c /day. Right now I’m also exploring other ways to eat for free, like “cooking for food” exchanges, and will be writing articles about them soon.

  • So atm, the biggest cost in the project (besides Connie’s dramatic break down) is coffee ..and i’m not really a coffee drinker, i just need wifi to get online and work on building the community 😛IMG20140928165733236


Got a little side-tracked by Sophie’s questions, sorry. I hope you enjoyed the reading about all the smiles and community connection we created in Linz, and seeing all the lovely photos and videos of the events. Why not make your own, just click the action page – they are easy to set up and you can have as much fun as we did!


Why not take action and give someone an unexpected smile today? It’ll make you smile too!

Happy wishes,
Andy at Focallocal :0)


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