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.
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. Over nine months, we will share examples of radical kindness featuring inspiring individuals and organisations via a series of podcasts, videos, webinars and case studies. We will also be developing a set of principles for embedding the approach in day-to-day life.
We will be sharing regular updates from the project throughout its duration and 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.
Follow the project on Twitter at @BelongNetwork or search #RadicalKindness.