A little late, but here’s my account of our World record breaking hug marathon, which we undertook just before Xmas in 2017 to raise awareness for the ever increasing homelessness crisis in the UK – and to promote our effort to bring communities together to support societies most vulnerable ourselves, as the UK government is ignoring them. Everyone can get involved and find effective ways to help people who are homeless near them to begin building a better future on The Brighter Tomorrow Map
1) Is it an official World Record? a) Maybe. Our main camera our GoPro was on low quality to save space, and the quality makes it difficult to see the clock. If anyone is good enough to clean the footage up and make the clock visible, then we can submit it, although it looks too poor to recover.
Most nations are no closer to solving involuntary homelessness than they were in the 60’s. A connected community solves homelessness on its own, and so a few years back i decided to apply the Focallocal model and see whether we could bring people together to tackle the issue ourselves.
Mission: Write to your positive friends and invite them to join us for our next International Public Happiness Activity. Our record is 16 towns, villages and cities in 2016. With your help we can beat it this year!
Action Request: as many of you know Passing Clouds was a community and music venue, and is one of the tidal wave of music venues being lost to property developers in London. Give a minute to support them by leaving a comment against the developers planning permission
Katerina’s idea to try Take a Smile outside the Immigration Office in Barcelona was a spark of genius! Many people came out of that building looking fed up, and we lifted their spirits by inviting them to take a smile. I’m sure there were also many who had recently arrived in the country, and its a lovely thought that we helped shape their first impressions in a positive way
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
Andy at Focallocal (me) is flying back to London give our 1st public speech about our project and mission to bring people and local communities closer together. Please join us on Weds 18th June at the LIFT Festival on Projects for Social Change and Community Action. here’s the event intro:
A celebration of campaigners who demand change through sometimes bonkers and often beautiful acts held in The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick. Yesterday’s eccentricity has a funny way of becoming today’s common sense. This is a celebration of people who campaign for unlikely things.
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..
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