Tag Archives: help

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know

Sometimes you wake up and you’re just not doing well. We feel sad and we regret our acquaintances for not being thoughtful and not realizing when we need their help. Somehow, we usually expect the initiative to come from them… but what if, instead of waiting, we just verbalized that we need some attention?

That’s what Samantha La Rocco did, and it was not even to her friends, but to the restaurant she was ordering from. And guess what!!? It worked!

Samantha La Rocco

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What: Solicited people’s help
Why: People are not used to help solicitors
How: offered something good: chocolates
When: September, 2010
Where: 7th ave and 18th st, New York

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What: Leave objects in places they might be useful
Why: Add positive surprise to people’s routine
How: See what a place might need and leave it there
When: September, 2010
Where: Everywhere

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What: Share your umbrella with people in the rain
Why: People might be wet
How: Have a big umbrella and offer your help
When: December, 2011
Where: Chelsea, New York

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Interventions at Times Square

Today I had a very special guest to help me. She not only wanted to record, but she participated and gave me wonderful ideas for the next interventions! Her name is Daphne Levitzchi and we chose this particular windy and cold day to go to a place where we definitely would find many potential people to entertain: Times Square!

While we were there, we could do many important things:

1) Helped strangers taking pictures

2) Made their time pass faster by playing Rock, Scissors, Papers

3) Hold the doors for people notice how nice it is

5) and made a family happy with our balloons!

By the end, we even had time for coffee and cupcakes!

That’s what I call a productive day! : )

The Daily Clean

The more I research, the more I find people willing to help their community. This one is also in Brooklyn:

This guy takes one hour of his day just to clean some part of his neighborhood. He takes a picture before, after and selects an “artifact” that he finds interesting. He hopes to inspire other people to join the cause.

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Can I help you?

Before I came to New York, I was 100% sure that nothing could change my personality, not even the toughest environment ever. I would normally feel a lack of touch but as soon as I was back to Brazil I would start hugging everybody I knew and suddenly it would all be normal again.

But in the real life, that’s not exactly what happened, and I just noticed that some months ago: I was crossing a street, completely late to my internship, when I saw a blind woman trying to find her way. I don’t even like to say it, but I kept walking after that. It took me one second to realize that I was wrong and turn back to help her, but she had already found herself. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and asking myself why my first reaction wasn’t to immediately help that woman.

I can’t bring that moment back again, but I definitely can thing about my next decisions. So, in order to redeem myself, I wrote in a white t-shirt “Can I help you?” and my idea is just to go around the city and help random people, like moms with their baby’s carts to climb the subway stairs, old people with their groceries and so it goes.

It’s like that Kick Ass movie, but hopefully I won’t have to wear any weird stuff besides this t-shirt (which is already kind of poorly designed itself).

I wore it on Saturday at 6pm, but it was already getting late and I couldn’t find any “victim” except for another blind man at 14th st with 6th ave that said he didn’t need any help.

So, I’ll let you know the next time I wear it!