The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realize we are citizens of the world. World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13th and was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. Celebrate World Kindness Day with Life Vest Inside during our annual WorldWide Dance for Kindness. This years event will take place on Sunday, November 13th 2016. Let’s bring recognition to the importance of kindness!
What is a FlashMob?
A FlashMob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Our Dance for Kindness FlashMob represents how a small group of dedicated and committed dancers can change the world. See an example clicking here: https://youtu.be/gKzq6uUq5mc
Isn't a FlashMob supposed to be a surprise?
Yes, generally this is the idea with FlashMobs and also the reason why we are aiming to hold them in high foot traffic areas, where quite a few people pass by. Those participating in the dance will appear as simple bystanders, walking around sightseeing, window-shopping, etc. As the time for the FreezeMob approaches, all participants will make their way to their mark and freeze at exactly the same moment. They will remain frozen for a period of 3 minutes, during which time curiosity will be sparked and people will gather around to witness what is taking place around them. Immediately after the FreezeMob begins, the music will start and segue into the FlashMob dance. The element of surprise is dependent upon those participating following instructions and hitting their mark. Think of it as organized chaos 🙂
What is a FreezeMob?
Those participating in the FreezeMob will be given a specific kindness position to freeze in. Perhaps one person will be frozen having fallen on the floor and another bending down to help lift them up, or one person will be frozen giving a homeless man/woman a snack, or taking a picture for a tourist, giving a balloon to a crying child, picking up something off the ground that someone dropped, throwing a piece of garbage in the trash, spending some time with a senior citizen in a park, smiling, holding a door open for someone; the possibilities are endless. At the very same moment time will stop and those participating will freeze in their position for 3 minutes, giving passersby’s the unique opportunity to notice the kindness moments that are in constant motion. Actions speak louder than words. Check this out: http://youtu.be/nwAYpLVyeFU and you’ll see what it’s all about.
I want to participate & my region is not listed, what do I do?
If you are interested in coordinating a group in your region, click HERE to read what it entails. If you are up for the task, complete the application form and you’ll receive an email with the Group Leader Handbook to learn more.
I want to be a part of the event, but I'm not much of a dancer. How can I help? What can I do to assist in making the event a success?
We all have special talents, so if dancing is just not your thing – no worries. If you have any contacts with Video- graphers, Photographers, Press, Managers, Celebrities, Dance Academies, etc. please email firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Line: “I’M NOT A DANCER!”
I'm great at coordinating events, how can I offer my assistance?
If you are interested in helping coordinate the logistics of the day please contact the Group Leader in YOUR region. You can find a listing of all regions on the Group Leaders Page.
I'm a great event promoter and would LOVE to see Kindness Go Viral!
So glad that you’re a Kindness Nut – just like us! We have the perfect job for you! Here are some ideas: Spread the message through all the social media channels you are connected to. Create a cool campaign to inspire others to share the event and give them a goal to reach e.g 2000 people invited to the event! We have tons of other ideas, but let’s be honest – you’re the great event promoter 🙂 Tips for Promoting the event:
Social Media: This is a great tool! Pre-written Facebook posts, tweets, and blogs are included in our Coordinator’s Package
Make a Vlog promoting the event and share it on your channel
Emails to friends and family: Send our pre-written email that we’ve prepared and send out to your networks
Press Release: Connect with local papers, radio stations and send over our Press Release – it’s that simple!
Word of Mouth – still proven to be one of the best ways to make something go Viral! Tell everyone you know about LVI and what we’re all about! School events, on your campus, at your workplace, dinner table, everywhere and anywhere. Our team even dreams about LVI – don’t worry you don’t have to go that far!
Connect with radio stations, newspapers, local tv stations, national news, etc. Remember this is a WorldWide Event to promote Kindness
Connect with dance academy’s, dance groups, non-profit organizations to partake and promote the event in their circles
Posting the flyers in Colleges, Universities, Offices, train stations, Cafes, etc.
Connect with Student Councils and ask them to reach out to their students
My friend wants to come, can he/she?
Of Course! This is after all a Dance for Kindness – so EVERYONE is welcome, the more the merrier! Share the event page with friends, family, and even strangers (actually, the stranger the better – lol) through Facebook, Email, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, etc 🙂
My kids would like to join in the FlashMob dance, is there an age limit/restriction?
Bring your kids and connect with your Group Leader to let them know. Your children are more than welcome to take part in the dance as well – there is no age limit, however they should be supervised by an adult.
Can I bring my dog?
As long as the event is in a location that allows pets, feel free to bring your dog to the Kindness Revolution! Just be sure to have a leash – because after all some people are scared of dogs. And of course don’t forget the pooper scooper 🙂
Where? When? What time? (Event Day Information)
The event will take place on Sunday, November 13th. However the location and time will vary, so be sure to check the main event page for a listing or connect with the Group Leader for your region.
Where? When? What time? (Rehearsals for Flashmob)
Once you register for the event, your Group Leader will be in contact with you directly to provide the details for the event as well as details for the rehearsals. You will receive a video link to a tutorial for the Dance for Kindness event so you can begin practicing at home. If you do not receive an email, please contact your Group Leader – and remember there are tons of people participating – so patience is golden! Rehearsal information will also be posted on your regions event page closer to the date of the event.
How is everyone going to find out about the different events?
When you register for the event you will see a listing of all the participating locations. As we get closer to the event, each location will have its own page with event details.
I am a reporter connected with the Media, Radio, Television, Newspapers (Non-Profit Promotion) who do I contact for an interview, to obtain more information, to get a Press Release, or to provide a PSA (Public Service Announcement)?
AWESOME! We already LOVE you! Feel free to email the Group Leader in your region. If you would like to connect with the Founder of Life Vest Inside email email@example.com Subject Line: “PRESS”
How do I get to the event? (Transportation, Carpool, Parking, Public Trans, Train Station location close to event)
Your Group Leader will email you details about the location. Closer to the event, the location of the event will be specified on your regions’ event page. A Map will be posted on the event page. Feel free to reach out to your Group Leader for specifics.
I have limited mobility (ie. wheelchair), can I still come?
Not only do we WANT you to come – we would LOVE it if you would participate! We are psyched to welcome you with open arms! Feel free to contact your Group Leader in advance to inform them so that you can have a successful and enjoyable experience.
What if it rains? Snows? Hail?
Wear appropriate clothing for the day of the event. Regardless of weather conditions the event is on Rain or Shine 🙂
How do I learn the dance? I don't want to look like a fool?
First off, You’re not a fool! Once you sign up you will receive an email with a private video link to the step-by-step tutorial to learn the dance. Now it’s up to you to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and oh yeah – practice some more! During your lunch break, practice in the office – so what if your boss makes fun of you! Maybe he’ll join the event! Group Leaders will also be organizing rehearsals prior to the event – so not to worry!
Flyers to promote the event: How do I go about getting an event flyer?
Life Vest Inside has created a universal EVENT FLYER to raise awareness about the event. A PDF version of the flyer is available HERE! You can also find it on both the MAIN EVENT PAGE and your Group Leader will make it available to you as well.
Simply download the flyer, print it, post it, share it, email it – whatever you can do to get the word out. Perhaps you can post the flyers on College Campuses, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, etc. If we all do our part we are in for an amazing event!
What are Acts of Kindness (AOK) Cards?
Life Vest Inside has created Acts of Kindness cards, each card with its own individualized act. The purpose of the cards is to empower people to recognize that the value of one small act of kindness is greater than they can imagine.
Once you receive the card, it prompts you to perform the act and pass the card to someone else to keep the kindness going!
How do I get the Acts of Kindness (AOK cards) to distribute?
As mentioned Acts of Kindness cards will be distributed to all those participating in the event. At the finale all those participating will distribute Acts of Kindness cards to all the viewers, giving them an opportunity to carry on the message.
At the rehearsal prior to the event, your Group Leader will distribute Acts of Kindness Cards so that you will have them handy to distribute at the finale of the event. Group Leaders will also have extra cards for you to distribute at the location itself. Get your cards HERE!
Will there be washroom facilities nearby?
Before & After Rehearsal be sure to take care of your personal needs. Depending on the location of your regions event, there may or may not be easy access to facilities.
What happens if I lose something at the event?
Group Leaders will scan the area prior to leaving. If you have left something behind, simply contact your Group Leader and they will let you know if they have found it. Life Vest Inside is in no way responsible for any items lost at the event – so please be sure not to bring any valuables. Feel free to bring along a friend who can watch over your personal belongings.
I ABSOLUTELY loved the event and connected with the message of Life Vest Inside. What can I do to show my gratitude?
First off, you’re a rockstar just for being part of the event. There are many ways to show gratitude and all are accepted.
a. Feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your experience or post your experience on the Life Vest Inside Facebook page b. Help promote Life Vest Inside by sharing the page on your social media channels
c. Pass on the kindness and make someone’s day with a simple yet powerful act of kindness
d. Life Vest Inside is non-profit organization funded solely by the Founder, therefore contributions of any amount would be greatly appreciated and will go towards furthering the cause. Donate Today or purchase some cool Life Vest Inside Kindness Gear!
e. Check out our Take Action page for cool ways to get involved!
Can't make it this year, will someone contact me next year?
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I have a question that is not listed above, I thought you guys can read my mind!
If only we were mind readers. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to reply to you in a timely manner.