Collaborative Communities

A resurgence in empathy inspires us to work with strangers

Implications - The sour economy and financial collapse have led to a resurgence in empathy. Individuals who might never have asked for help in a boom economy are now forced to do so. And 2008’s crowdsourced insight has evolved into 2009’s collaborative communities, who prefer to tell their story face to face.
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Collaborative Stories on Skin - A Story Tattooed On The Bodies of 2,095 Strangers
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Warm 279,326 Clicks Pub: Feb 24, 09
Collaborative Stories on Skin
A Story Tattooed On The Bodies of 2,095 Strangers
A story tattooed in words across the bodies of 2,095 strangers started with a call out on a public forum, and slowly people started showing their interest… I am word number 275 in a story of 2,095 words.… [More]
Collaborative Global Eco Stunts - Will Earth Hour 2009 Have More Than 50 Million Participants?
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Warm 6,116 Clicks Pub: Mar 21, 09
Collaborative Global Eco Stunts
Will Earth Hour 2009 Have More Than 50 Million Participants?
How will you spend Earth Hour 2009? This inspiring viral video shows you how a single person, YOU, can make a difference. On March 31, 2009 at 8:30 pm local time (wherever you are in the world), Earth… [More]
Positivity Towards Strangers - 'Validation' Reinforces the Power of Empathy
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Average 5,239 Clicks Pub: Feb 8, 09
Positivity Towards Strangers
'Validation' Reinforces the Power of Empathy
Validation is a short film that uses the phenomenon of free parking with validation to reinforce the power of positivity. The 16-minute film stars TJ Thyne as a parking validation attendant with a preponderance… [More]
Greeting Total Strangers - Improv Everywhere Heads to JFK for "Welcome Back"
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Average 5,603 Clicks Pub: Feb 12, 09
Greeting Total Strangers
Improv Everywhere Heads to JFK for "Welcome Back"
Improv Everywhere's latest stunt, "Welcome Back," brings the crew to JFK Airport, where they welcome 20 random strangers at baggage claim. I love random acts of kindness towards strangers, so this project… [More]
Guerrilla Social Bonding - IGotAnEnvelope Encourages You To Send and Receive Strangers' Letters
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Untested 3,463 Clicks Pub: Mar 17, 09
Guerrilla Social Bonding
IGotAnEnvelope Encourages You To Send and Receive Strangers' Letters
Want mail from a stranger? Not spam, but a real letter or a nice surprise? While we can't promise the letter you receive will be nice, Igotanenvelope is a project that encourages people to leave empty,… [More]
Modern Community Building - WannaStartACommune.com For Collaborating With Neighbors
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Untested 2,262 Clicks Pub: Mar 9, 09
Modern Community Building
WannaStartACommune.com For Collaborating With Neighbors
Gone are the days of not knowing your neighbors with the launch of wannastartacommune.com. This is a site encouraging communities to pull together and share resources, be it a communal compost site, car… [More]
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