The Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing Festival is designed as a creative platform for participation.
Seven Ways To Get Involved Before The Festival Starts :
- Join The Kindness Crew – who are our volunteer team. Currently, we are seeking volunteers for kindness flash mob events to create surprisingly kind happenings. Do you have any ideas about who needs to be thanked for their work in serving the public or a section of your community and how we might do that do get in touch! There are lots more things to do too – we need people to hand out information, promote on social media, help manage the website and host pre-festival events.
- Offer Your Skill – We need organisers, crowd-funders, administrators, artists and communications and social media people.
- Suggest Ideas – Co-produce the Festival with us – bring your idea to our monthly open meetings
- Organise A Local Event in your own community or organisation
- Become an Ambassador – Connect your Network to the Kindness Revolution – do you know people or organisations who should get involved & who might want to create an event in their organisation or community?
- Partner With Us– could your organisation benefit from being part of and/ or supporting a kinder world?
- Become A Sponsor– we are fundraising for specific events and aspects of the festival. Help Leeds to lead the way
The festival is being designed around six themes of :
Kindness to Self
The foundation of individual wellbeing, as well as our ability to contribute to others and society, is the ability to be kind to our self.
Kindness in Relationships
Being able to give as well as receive is vital to our relationships. Family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours play a significant part in our health and wellbeing. The largest and longest study into human wellbeing undertaken by Harvard University concluded the greatest contribution to our longevity, health and wellbeing are the quality of our relationships.
Having somewhere to live and belonging to social networks and supportive community contexts have a significant effect on health and wellbeing and our ability to live flourishing fulfilling lives.
Spaces of Kindness
We spend a large amount of our lives working, learning or playing. If these spaces are kind and supportive we are better at what we do and more satisfied with our lives. This also extends to the public space in terms of public wellbeing both in the virtual online world and the real places we go to. How we design the spaces we live work and play in, what and how we celebrate and create together plays a big role in determining the quality of our lives.
Kindness to Nature
The foundation of our wellbeing is the natural world. Nature is good for our health and our responsibility and attitude to protecting and nurturing the natural environment is wide-ranging – from what we eat, to how we grow things, how we travel and what we buy.
Kinder businesses recognise that success is more than the bottom line. And as people recognise they want to be customers of kinder businesses, success in business also depends on finding creative ways to live our values and walk our talk. Creating real wealth is about understanding wealth in a way that includes human and natural value as well as the bottom line and builds a ‘wellbeing economy’ in a wider way.
Choose The Themes That Interest You Most
If any of the above themes or ways of joining in appeals, get in touch with us for a conversation about what you would like to see in the festival or contribute to it. Email us at info [at] kinderleeds.org
Or you can come along to the regular festival planning and information meetings – the next one will be 7 pm January 7th at Jamyang Buddhist Centre .
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