Kindness
Festival Week

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Friday 11th September

Kinder Communities Day

– 14:00-15:30 –

KIND LISTENING CIRCLE – LISTENING IN COMMUNITY

Facilitated By Angela Green

Join us in a small online facilitated group space (11 places) to participate in the structured practices of listening, exploring important questions and appreciation of  each other.
For more info about Kind Listening Circles see link here.

– 16:00-17:00 –

SING4SANE
Big Sing Online

With Melissa James

Join Singer-Songwriter, Melissa James in this group singing session to be held online.  In 2016 Melissa created a charitable Big Sing and mental health initiative called SING4SANE (S4S) which sees her invite members of the public to join her in performing her song “Live Again” to connect to those with an understanding of mental ill health.

– 18:00-18:45 –

COMPASSION & KINDNESS,
LEEDS TO KENYA –
Mama Na Mtoto Mother and Baby Project

Hosted by Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds with Anita Jones

Anita’s project has the potential to greatly improve the life chances of thousands of women in this very challenging region. We hope that by promoting this inspiring example of international compassion through the Festival, we can raise its profile and help it to gain the financial support it needs to fully realise that potential, and to build an enduring link between the community of Leeds and one that so much needs our support.

– 19:00 –

MEET SOME KINDER
COMMUNITIES

Watch Stephen Wignal of Marching Out Together, Kendi Guantai of Leeds African Communities Foundation, Grace Hills of Sparking Community and Clare Sanderson, Emma Flint of The Wren Bakery & David Goodman, Brahma Kumaris Leeds

We asked a few smaller organisations doing great work in Leeds to tell us who they are and what they’re all about. Introducing… Marching Out Together, Leeds African Communities Foundation, Sparking Community, The Wren Bakery & Brahma Kumaris. Each of these wonderful groups is showing kindness in action and helping to make our city #KinderLeeds

– 21:00-22:00 –

KINDNESS ONLINE AT  #TWITTERDISCO

Twitter Disco
Hosted By Angela Green

On Twitter just follow #twitterdisco and #kinderleeds 

Join us on twitter with Angela Green @burnettabear to share your favorite music, as we join with #twitterdisco friends from Leeds and wider to host an hour of kind connection online through music, friendship and fun. 
More details about #twitterdisco here.

Saturday 12th September

Kinder To Our Planet Day

– 10:00 –

KINDNESS EXCHANGE:
A conversation between environment focused organisations

A Kindness Exchange Conversation with
Tom Bliss from Food Wise and Feed Leeds, Holly Bowman from North Star Roast & TCV Hollybush

An interesting look at how Leeds’ businesses and organisations are trying to be more sustainable in producing and selling food. We look at growing food locally, sustainable resourcing of coffee, to improving green spaces and reducing food waste! 
For more information about Kindness Exchange Events please see link here.

– 14:00 –

HOW TO BE MORE ZERO WASTE AT HOME & IN OUR COMMUNITY

Interview with Gill Coupland from Zero Waste Leeds hosted by Catarina Vianna

Join me and Gill to discuss all things zero waste. We find out the easiest ways to start at home and in our community, including recycling, buying secondhand and how to take it to the next level.

– 17:00-18:30 –

ECODHARMA: BUDDIST TEACHINGS FOR THE PRECIPICE

David Loy Webinar

Hosted by Eco-Dharma Network in association with Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds

Buddhism originated in a very different time and place, so can it really help us understand the cascading crises that confront us now? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva — or ecosattva — today? Writer, professor and Zen teacher David R. Loy will be discussing how we can respond appropriately to the ecological emergency, and intersecting social issues — perhaps the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced.  There will be an opportunity to ask David questions and to discuss ideas in small groups. Exceptionally there is a small cost for this event.

– 19:00 –

CLIMATE EMERGENCY, COMPASSION EMERGENCY

Featuring Prof. Judith Smith – Epidemiologist, Leeds University: Extinction Rebellion, Rehana Jomeen – Animal Rights Activist, Matt Carmichael – Leeds Climate Commission & Shannon Jackson – School Strike Movement.

Looking after Ourselves and Our Planet in times of Deep Change.

– 21:00-21:15 –

CLOSING MESSAGE
A beautiful message to close the Festival

A closing statement from Kim Leadbeater, Ambassador of the Jo Cox Foundation & Poetry from local artist Paul Heaney

We invited Kim Leadbeater to share her thoughts on kindness and compassion to close this year’s festival. Kim is an Ambassador of the Jo Cox Foundation which was created to support the work that her sister did in her career both as an MP and in community service before she was tragically killed in June 2016.  It’s inspiring for all of us to see how such an awful event has been turned into such a positive legacy for Jo. 

In addition, local artist Paul Heaney, will share his poem Kindness which he created for the launch of the Festival in September 2019. It captures the essence of what our Festival is all about. 

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!
Dont Forget – you can see the many other related
KINDER CATALYSTS EVENTS
throughout September & beyond
HERE!

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