ACTIVATING Kindness IN THE CITY CENTRE – An Invitation
“Remember there is no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end” – Scott Adams
Research now shows that “witnessing kindness inspires kindness, causing it to spread like a virus”. “Kindness Contagion” Jamil Zaki, Stanford University, 2016
Splice invites you to imagine a city centre neighbourhood that prides itself on kindness - the generosity, enjoyment and the healthy social cohesion we would experience, as a community of many interconnected parts in the city.
Random Acts of Kindness Day occurs annually on 1 September. For the last two years Splice has sought to ignite a wave of kindness spreading out from the Queen St valley and along K Road, into the offices, cafes and apartment buildings of the city. 5000 jars of "Little Pots of Kindness" (aka honey) and an accompanying "Kindness Card" and hundreds of free cups of coffee from a spread of local cafes, raises consideration of the role and potential of kindness, an action found in every culture for millennia.
Kindness need not be limited to a single day. The city centre has a massive wealth of resource sitting within businesses, tertiary institutions and the individuals who live here. The sharing of what might seem everyday skills, knowledge or resource to us, could be an invaluable boost forward for another. If we are all prepared to share a manageable amount of what we have with the next person, then the city centre’s song sheet would have an unrivalled repertoire.
"I received a honey pot on the way to work today. It touches me to see this is happening." - recipient
"I loved the way you saw someone’s body language change from receiving something just out of an act of kindness" - kindness splicer
"Loved it, our customers loved it and we’d definitely be part of it again"- café of kindness
Feedback from the 2017 event is a most enjoyable read, take the time to do so here.