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A welcome thought

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Ingredients

1 Sheet of paper
Printer
Pens
Template See link to the template in the description of the recipe.

Nutritional information

Acceptance
Tolerance
Inclusion
Kindness
Sense of belonging

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A welcome thought

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition. — James Baldwin

  • 10 minutes
  • Easy

Ingredients

Directions

A quick activity to make everyone feel at home, that they belong to this world.

The following activity, A Welcome Thought, has been gifted by Daianna Karaian, who started it in the streets of London in the hope of making people feel welcome, whoever they are, wherever they are. In an article for Positive News, “Guerrilla campaign for tolerance takes to the streets of London”, she explains how “to build a better future together, all of us need to feel we belong.”

So she launched a guerrilla campaign for kindness, tolerance and understanding, which consists in leaving place cards in random places, each with a simple message: “A place for ____________.” Everyone, You, Immigrants, Muslims, Cat lovers… The card can be addressed to anyone, by anyone. She goes on to explain: “Place cards are traditionally a symbol of welcome. These give people a way to help others feel more at home—in local pubs and cafes, on public transport… anywhere that could be more welcoming.”

To find out more about Daianna and her work, please visit her website http://www.thisisthoughtful.com and download the template for this activity.

*Image © Robbie Dale

 

 

Steps

1
Done

Print the template you find in the description of this recipe.

2
Done

Place the paper printed side down. Fold it in half so that "Everyone Welcome" is facing you as shown in the template.

3
Done

Fold the long edges toward the middle, along the border of the dotted patter on the opposite side. It is okay that they do not meet right in the middle. "Welcome" should be on the top left, "To find out more..." on the bottom right.

4
Done

Fold in half along the horizontal axis then unfold. (fig. a)
Fold the top and bottom edges to meet in the middle, then unfold again. (fig. b)
Fold the bottom corners inwards to the middle to make a point. Leave them folded. (fig. c).

5
Done

Create a three-sided place card by tucking the pointed end in the pocket created at the other end.

6
Done

Fill in the blank with whoever you want to feel welcome. Put it out into the world. Spread the word.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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