Radical Kindness

Radical Kindness is a project funded by Spirit of 2012 celebrating acts of radical kindness inspired by the Covid-19 crisis.

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

Radical Kindness draws on findings from Beyond Us and Them, our nationwide research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and in collaboration with the University of Kent, that looks at the impact of Covid-19 on social cohesion.

Social mixing is one of the most powerful ways of reducing prejudice and promoting empathy across different groups of people, and due to the pandemic this is now severely restricted.

Through the project we hope to inspire both those working in social cohesion to connect with others within the field and people on a personal level to practice radical kindness within their 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. For the past few months we have been hosting a webinar series – Radical Kindness Elevenses – in which we are joined by different inspirational people, community leaders and those doing work to promote social cohesion to discuss acts of radical kindness they have encountered.  These webinars are held at 11am on Tuesday’s and in traditional elevenses fashion attendees are encouraged to bring a warm drink and slice of cake. Past webinars are available to watch back in our resources section here.

A collection of case studies, videos, podcasts and a written paper exploring the conditions necessary for radical kindness are also being developed so check this page for updates. We are also pleased to announce the launch of Radical Kindness Week, which will run from Monday 17th until Friday 21st May 2021 and will feature a range of free events including workshops and a webinar. If you would like to know more about these events or register for a space then please see the listed events on this page.

Follow the project on Twitter at @BelongNetwork or search #RadicalKindness.

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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 £47million 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.