Radical Kindness

‘Radical Kindness’ is a project funded by Spirit of 2012 celebrating acts of radical kindness and drawing on findings from ‘Beyond Us and Them’, our nationwide research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and in collaboration with the University of Kent exploring the impact of Covid-19 on social cohesion.

Acts of radical kindness are those actions that intentionally seek to build bridges across differences, develop shared ground, and promote social connection between different groups and communities.

At the heart of ‘Radical Kindness’ is the need for creative and inspiring reminders of the power of social connection, particularly across difference, as we begin to emerge from lockdown.

Learn more about the project through our online resources

From November 2020 to April 2021 we hosted a series of webinars at 11am every Tuesday – ‘Radical Kindness Elevenses’ where we were joined by inspirational residents, community leaders and those doing work to promote social cohesion to hear about their experiences and views of radical kindness.

These webinars are available to watch on the Stories of Radical Kindness page as well as podcasts and short video stories from those involved in the project.

Radical Kindness Week

This year we launched our first Radical Kindness Week – a week long celebration of radical kindness – which ran from Monday 17 until Friday 21 May 2021 and featured a range of free events including workshops and a webinar. To watch recordings of these events or find out more about the week then please visit the Radical Kindness Week page.

Cultivating Radical Kindness

Discover the 10 conditions that must be in place for radical kindness to thrive in our latest paper – ‘Cultivating Radical Kindness’.

Related resources

Research partners

We are grateful for the support of Spirit of 2012. Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy funder. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47 million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games.

Spirit of 2012 builds sustainable social legacies from the inspiration of events, investing to improve how people feel about themselves, other people and their communities. Spirit of 2012 awards grants for community-based arts, sports and volunteering activities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. 

For more information visit www.spiritof2012.org.uk.