According to model Lily Cole, if you tally up the economic value of what people in the UK give each other each year - by way of a helping hand, volunteering, tutoring for free, offering, an assist, a favor...stuff - it adds up to more than the value of GDP. That's a lot of generosity. Which is the point of Impossible.com, the site Cole founded as a way to give us all a central digital hangout to express our better natures and offer to do stuff for others just because we can - and post wishes so others can do the same for us. I posted writing and editing help - 'cuz it's one of my superpowers & that way where someone is physically in the world doesn't matter. And I wished for someone's older Macbook Pro or iPad, either 'cuz they're bored with or because they're looking to upgrade. Most heartwarming though on the site, I think, are the thankyous that pop up in the stream. It doesn't say what for, just that gratitude is being expressed. Which is wonderful. (image)
And you? What do you wish someone could help you with or maybe give you? And what could you help others with?
This focus on people's better nature and how to harness it is one of the hallmarks of the FOLKSPUN fashion tribe that I'm tracking. Here's the podcast I recorded about this. Enjoy!
music by Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott