The Pillars Of a "giftivist" Culture
- Consumption to contribution: This pillar defines the meaning of a gift. In a gift, you are giving rather than receiving. Instead of consuming whether it's gifts, love, or things, we need to start contributing more to those around us. This relates to our idea because instead of going on with our day like others' happiness doesn't affect us, we will be distributing positive messages along with a delicious lollipop to brighten their day. We are beginning to contribute to our community rather than consuming.
- Transaction to trust: In a world filled with so much hate, anger, and evil, we automatically assume that a gesture of kindness can be a sign of weakness. For example, our idea offers a lollipop to brighten your day, but many may feel uncomfortable with receiving this from a stranger. In order to make the world a better place, we must create a transaction to trust. A place where this simple act of kindness will without a doubt, brighten your day rather than scare you away. It is important to establish trust amongst a community to live peacefully.
- Isolation to community: With being said that the world we live in can at times be considered a scary cruel world, we often times resort to becoming isolated. We ignore our community and live our lives as zombies. Our message is to break out of this every day routine, and go out of your way to help others realize how important it is to be generous and kind. A community works more efficiently together, rather than everyone isolated to their own lives. Our idea can help break this rountine with the simple distribution of our positive cards and lollipops.
- Scarcity to abundance: Scarcity is very common in several aspects of community. For example, sharing and caring for one another. Being selfish and living your day according to you and your needs is what is abundant. We are trying to achieve a change to the scarcity being the zombie rountine we live, and the abundance to become a loving, caring, and kind community amongst one another. With our positive messages on our cards, we emphasize the importance of our motto, a little goes a long way.
- Dalia: I expected people to have, not the best, reaction to our kind gesture. You don't always see on a day to day basis someone trying to make you smile just for the heck of it. I thought people would look at us funny. However, I did want them to change their way of thinking and see that kindness doesn't always have to come from a friend or someone you know.
- Emily: I want people to learn to love themselves for who they are and not compare your life with someone else's life. I think people should always look at the good side in any situation and be grateful for what you have, hopefully these cards will help people realize these things.
- Nat: I expected that this project would make people's day. A little gesture, goes a long way. Some people don't always enjoy things like this but I expected that the majority of the people receiving this notes, would be left with a smile on their face.
- Tommy: I expect people to be surprised because it's something they don't see everyday. We should try to do this more frequently, because sometimes a gesture or an action like these can change someone's day.
What Did We Learn?
- Dala: Causing a smile on someone else was such a great feeling. What I learned through this project was that when you do something so minimal to brighten up someone's day, it would make you feel happier just for that one kind gesture. This project got me thinking, if everyone would be kind throughout the day, imagine the happiness our community would feel.
- Tommy: I learned that making someone smile is something we should try to do everyday. These are the kind of actions that can change the environment we live in, and we can impact people's life in a positive way with small gestures.
- Nat: Throughout the distribution of this project idea, I learned that it doesn't take much to make someone's day. With just a little note and a lollipop, we accomplished to leave a smile on each persons' face. I learned that if we all try a little harder, we can make the world a nicer place.
- Emily: From this project I leaned that doing kind things for others isn't hard to do. People should try to be more kind throughout their days to others even with out expecting anything back.