Kindness is at the very heart of our wellbeing. With the support of JRF, over the past nine months we have been working with seven organisations to test what, if anything, could be done to encourage kinder communities.
The report by Carnegie Associate Zoë Ferguson sets out what we have learnt, highlighting powerful examples of where kindness and everyday relationships can affect change and support the wellbeing of individuals and communities. It identifies what organisations can do to encourage kindness, centered on welcoming places, opportunities to connect, and values of kindness.
Some of the incredible stories of kindness we have heard from working with our partners are illustrated in the film.
But there are major factors that get in the way of engaging and encouraging kindness both in individuals and organisations. These are set out in the report and include real and imagined rules relating to risk; funders and policy makers valuing the formal and organisational over the informal and individual; and modern definitions of professionalism and good leadership crowding out everyday kindness and intuitive human interactions.
We ask you to:
Download and read the report, and watch the short film.
Share the report and film with any of your colleagues, stakeholders or networks who you think may find it useful or interesting.
Join in the conversation at @CarnegieUKTrust #kindness
Martyn Evans, Chief Executive Carnegie UK Trust