A friend/ neighbor (from neighboring apartments), Marc Bührer and I walked across the road for a morning meeting, at the local health restaurant we have on our doorstep. A black coffee for him, a smoothie for me and we sat down as I eagerly awaited to hear about this exciting project of his. It’s one of those projects that makes your immediate world a better place, with a ripple affect.
Allow me to introduce you to Game for Humanity.
It’s somewhat inspired from Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a “game” you play in every day life, not just around a table with some mates and glasses of wine.
What’s the idea behind it?
It’s an interactive game that promotes random acts of kindness and allows you to play it forward.
A phrase I use all the time is this:
“No one ever regrets being kind.”
Whenever you do something kind for others, it’s an instant mood booster and there is no other feeling like it.
How does it work?
There are 30 cards in a pack. Each card has a random act of kindness on it. Once you’ve completed the act, you then hand the card to the person you played the act out with and encourage them to do the same act and hand that card on, and hopefully the act will keep being payed forward.
As there are 30 cards, you can either hand a card to 29 of your friends, family and colleagues and get them to each do an act, or do an act a day or twice a week. There are no rules… the only rule is to make the cards active and not have them sit in the box.
Why create this?
I asked Marc why he had created this and his answer was simple, yet profound.
“I really want to encourage social, human interaction. We live in a world where there is plenty of interaction through social media, but it’s really through a screen.”
We had a big chat about social media and how it can be really positive too.
“By passing on the card, it’s then up to that person to perform the same act of kindness and pass it on – hopefully keeping it going. Posting your experience to social media, like Instagram, Facebook and twitter, creates inspiration and we can follow the cards and make others smile too.”
Speaking of digital, Marc’s been asked if there will be an App version, but while he says he’ll never rule anything out… He wants to give humans a chance to actually interact with one another first, before taking it digital.
What type of Random Acts of Kindness are we talking about?
I love that these cards serve as little reminders to do something for others and they’re actually ridiculously simple to complete. The simplicity of them spurs on the mindset of thinking beyond your own means and needs.
I often hear of people saying they want to help others or do something for others but they don’t have the money. I think people associate help with two things. 1. monetary value and 2. those seriously disadvantaged.
The greatest gift you can give anyone is time and everyone can do with some love and kindness in their lives. Everyone!
With that being said, these acts are not time consuming at all and actually quite easy to complete.
As I was flicking through my personal pack, I started smiling. They’re really easy to do and I immediately began to think about how people would react to an act of kindness, followed by me passing the card on and encouraging them to pay it forward. I thought about how I would react if I was on the receiving end.
It’s going to be an amazing exercise to do and I want to create a challenge for myself. More on that soon.
What’s next for Game for Humanity?
Corporates have the opportunity to co-brand. Companies can have their logo on the packaging and cards can be tailor-made. It can promote positive mindsets within a company and an opportunity to be incorporated into CSI charity initiatives. It also promotes productivity and camaraderie.
This month, a School Edition is being launched. The idea is like swapping baseball cards, but the cards have the acts of kindness, related to school, sport and activities and have to be completed and passed on. It promotes a positive mindset within the kids and also promotes acknowledgement and interaction with each other. I think this is something urgently needed, especially with bullying being so rife.
How much is a box?
They’re R100 a box and you can either buy them online or see where they’re stocked in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Click here for details: http://www.gameforhumanity.com
Want to win your own box?
I’ll do the draw this Friday, 31 March 2017.