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What: Compliment random strangers
Why: People feel depressed (Valentine’s Day)
How: Set a table with a sign and wait for them
When: March, 2011
Where: Union Square, New York

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Crafterventions in Washington Square

Continuing the list of nice projects that happened on April 9th, I should include the one from my friend Liz Kauff. She is interested in Craft and argues that most people avoid making things with hands just because they think they can’t, even without trying. So she created these “crafterventions” where she just goes to public spaces and starts teaching people how to do things like Hand Printing and Knitting.

What I like more about this project is that she’s offering her time to instruct people in something that she’s an expert at. I believe everybody has something to give or teach, so if each one of us did at least one small intervention like that, people would be more skilled and confident.

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And if you want to learn any craft, check Liz’s website: Craftervention . She has the cutest tutorials ever! And yes, we use the same table at our interventions. It just happened to be the most convenient (read cheap) one! : )

Smiles in Washigton Square

As I mentioned before, I was surprised when I arrived at the Washington Square Park last Saturday and saw so many people involved in colorful and happy projects. One specifically called my attention. It was full of yellow ribbons and from far, all I could read was “SMILE”. The idea was that people should write on a ribbon what makes them happy and they could pick up another ribbons that contained something also meaningful for them. It was somehow related to my Share some Love and reminded me of the I wish your wish exhibition.

Overall, I was very happy to see that there were so many people synchronized in thoughts to achieve something positive and fun in public space. The author was Abby Wurtele, a NYU student, and what she explained to me is that it was supposed to be an interactive art piece where she wasn’t supposed to give direct instructions. Her purpose was to leave something that would make other people happy. And according to what I could see, it worked pretty well. I still have my “Applauding the first green shoots of spring”.

Share some Love in New York

The Ultimate Intervention Day! Today was a day to be remembered! : )

First of all, it was the best day of the year. It was sunny, warm and we could actually see the first signs of spring. Everybody seamed happy, using bright colors and carrying a big smile.

Then, we decided to go to Washington Square, which is usually a nice place, but specially today, there were tones of events happening at the same time. All of them about happiness. José Saramago has a book where everybody from a city suddenly wakes up blind, well, in New York it looked like today, everybody woke up kind!

I set my booth as usual, but the goal for today was to “Share some Love”. People who participated should write a small note to a stranger, leave it in the box, and pick up another random note that a stranger has just left to them. I wasn’t supposed to read none of the notes, because I wanted to make everybody feel comfortable, but they all looked very satisfied with their notes.

And I had a lot of great help: Chris Choi and Burcum Turkmen were there recording and marketing the event with me. And also Liz Kauff was doing a parallel intervention, which I will talk about later.

The Crew!