Action Beyond Words is an endeavour to develop an expedient, efficient, far-reaching Human Web of compassion. It is based on the Butterfly Effect and the Six Degrees of Separation theory, whereby a small change at one place can have large effects elsewhere. It is my intention to make use of technology, specifically social networking: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress ect., as the launching pads for initiating positive, meaningful, prolific changes in our interconnected world.
Over the past six months I have been sending out tweets on acts of kindness. Nothing new here. In fact, many of the quotes I have used were taken from the website, www.actofkindness.org. So here is my proposal. Based on these tweets, don’t just simply read the tweet, instead, 1) Perform a suggested act of kindness, 2) Send out an RT to your followers, and ask each one of them to also initiate an act of kindness 3) Have your followers repeat this same process. Imagine this outcome if you were to follow this procedure. Applying the six degrees of separation theory, after 6 repeats of this process or less, the tweet could be exposed to everyone on the Web (well, at least 145 million Twitter users). Like The Wave at a sporting event two things can happen. The Wave dies because at one level of separation, one group fails to participate; or, it continues to successfully complete a full cycle. No matter, the intent of ‘Action Beyond Words’ is to generate meaningful, authentic connections with people, Nature and the environment.
My suggestion is to start by performing a random act of kindness this Saturday, September 11 and allow The Wave to continue for two weeks. To help you launch this endeavour, I will suggest three acts of kindness. Select the one that most appeals to you, and act on it to initiate the previously mentioned three-step process:
Ask one special friend/family member, “What can I do for you today?”
Today, attempt to give only positive feedback to your friends.
This weekend, clean out a closet or set of drawers, and donate any goods that you haven’t used for a year to a charity organization.
Tiano deVettori’s website was brought to my attention and is a very nice add-on to the above idea: http://tiamomusic.com/video.html