{ Raining Poetry } Bringing Poetry Into the Everyday Lives of the Unsuspecting

Check out this delight inducing urban intervention for rainy days from Mass Poetry in Boston. Raining Poetry is a beautiful and simple idea (though you need some biodegradable water-repellent spray to execute it), which aims to bring poetry into public space. Using a biodegradable water-repellent spray and stencils made by local artists, the city’s Mural…

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{ BenchesCollective } Using the Public Bench as a Tool for Experimentation, Community Engagement & Placemaking

Delighted to discover The Netherlands’ based BenchesCollective, which transforms the ubiquitous street bench into a tool for community engagement, and for building empathy and mutual understanding within neighborhoods. The idea behind the BenchesCollective initiative is to spark public interactions that otherwise might not take place. It provides space for strangers to sit down together and…

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Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)

A delightful initiative that nurtures acceptance of diversity and encourages children to embrace the fullness of their individuality and imagination through story time: Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of…

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What if the default for online participation were compassion?

What if the default for social media participation were compassion and intentionality instead of our tendencies for self-centredness? asks &yet Chief Marketing Officer Sarah Bray in her thought piece, Compassion by Default, for the latest issue of Offscreen Magazine. How might that change our experience of it? Would it allow us to “elevate the power of the collective, while minimizing the suffocating nature of the horde?”…

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