Action Beyond Words

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, 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:


48 responses to “Action Beyond Words

  1. France

    This is great, Richard. You are full of good ideas and I like this one. I will try to do it …I haven’t been going to much on Twitter all summer ( traveling) and the actual recovery limit myself also but be sure I really admire what you are suggesting.

    • Hi France,
      Thank you so much for going to the site & reading the material. It was an idea, we’ll have to see what happens. Unfortunately Glenda is quite sick today. Headache, upset stomach. Maybe something she ate or the flu. She said if you don’t mind she’ll call you tomorrow. Have you had a good day? Sound like you’re back to normal. A remarkable recovery. Thanks for all your kindness and inspiration. You’re a gem. Love to you, Richard

  2. I will join you in this, Richard. Thank you for your kindness.

  3. laura inglis

    like wat ur doing all act’s of kindness are at some point random thats what make it work compassion’gratitude’attract energy &that vibrates across the universe we are all a vibrating frequency :owe bring about what we think about so kindness is a law onto it’s self…

  4. I always remember the words of the Dalai Lama – ‘My religion is kindness’. So great idea Richard – we all need to make a habit of kindness like the habit most have of complaining! 🙂

  5. Fantastic idea, Richard. Thanks for letting me know about what you’re doing. I’ll do my best to act on it.

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  8. Richard, that’s a wonderful idea and I think it is a plan we should all live by. I would like to get to know you better. You obviously have creative ideas.

    • Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words. I don’t particularly think of myself as creative; but if there is a spark, perhaps it is generated by Robert Kennedy’s words, “I dream of things that are not and ask why not.” A little more information about me is provided on this website. Just click each of the tabs. If there are more questions, just email me at and ask away.
      Kind regards, Richard

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