Radical Kindness Week 2021

Share the power of connection. Choose kindness.

From Monday 17 to Friday 21 May we will be launching our first ever Radical Kindness Week to coincide with the release of our paper setting out the conditions necessary for cultivating radical kindness. During this time we would love to hear your stories of radical kindness and will be encouraging everyone to share examples of radical kindness – shining a light on activities and programmes that bridge differences between groups and forge stronger, more compassionate social connections.

The campaign is organised by Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network and is part of our Radical Kindness project funded by Spirit of 2012.

Throughout the week we will be sharing examples of radical kindness in action across social media and on our website and will be hosting two events – a webinar and a workshop – of which registration instructions and further information is listed a little further down this page.

If you are an organisation that is participating in Radical Kindness Week and you would like to show your support online we have produced a number of resources to help you get involved including a template press release and graphics for your social media channels. These are all available here.

We also have a range of webinars available from our Radical Kindness Elevenses series where we are joined by a different inspiring guest each episode to learn about their understanding of radical kindness. You can watch these webinars and access a number of other resources including short videos and podcasts on our Radical Kindness resources page here.

Radical Kindness Week Events

 

Key Conditions for Radical Kindness to Flourish – Webinar 

Wednesday 19 May, 12.45 – 2.00pm

Our paper will set out the conditions necessary for cultivating radical kindness. This free launch event will examine the power radical kindness has for reshaping community relations and bridging divides between different groups. You will find out more about how we can collectively create new visions of belonging and challenge narratives of fear and division, especially in times of crisis.

This webinar will be chaired by Ruth Hollis – CEO of Spirit of 2012.

Panellists include: 

Sail Suleman – Hate Crime Coordinator at Calderdale Council

Ben Thurman – Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust

Dr Kaya Davies Hayon – Belong

Christine Cox – Belong

Register for tickets here

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How to put Radical Kindness into Action – Workshop

Thursday 20 May – Morning and afternoon sessions available

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to engage with practical ways to put radical kindness into action, whether individually or as part of an organisation.

Find out how you can actively promote kindness across difference and leave equipped with the practical tools needed to incorporate radical kindness into your life – plus a pledge of personal actions you can take to make this a reality.

Register here for tickets to Workshop Option 1 (10 – 11.00am)

Register here for tickets to Workshop Option 2 (1.30 – 2.30pm)

Please note it is the same workshop being offered as both a morning and afternoon session.

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Belong’s Radical Kindness project draws on findings from ‘Beyond Us and Them: Societal Cohesion in the Context of Covid-19’, a major research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by Belong and the University of Kent. This study has revealed that local areas that had previously invested in social cohesion have demonstrated higher levels of connection, active social engagement, and positive feeling towards others over the course of the pandemic.

Follow us on Twitter @BelongNetwork and join the discussion online using #RadicalKindness

About Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing.