We’ve all seen them.
‘Perfect woman with blindingly white teeth smiles at bowl of limp looking salad.’
‘Ethnically and ability diverse group do their RADA trained best to look like they’ve been friends for years.’
And more recently the barrage of ‘Woman outside window touches palms with elderly mother inside.’
Stock photography forms a very common part of our daily wanderings around the web.
When we started More Human I felt, and still do, that our name holds us very accountable to behaving and presenting ourselves in a particular way. So when it came to our branding I had ‘Be More Human’ blaring from my inner megaphone when I made choices about fonts, colours and the fact that we would in no way shape or form be touching stock photography with a barge pole. …
Last year I set myself a challenge. A new micro-adventure every day of the year to push myself out of my comfort zone. To reconnect me with friends I hadn’t made time for in a while. And to stop myself from sliding into the apathy that can easily take over when you get diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 29. And all your neck muscles start failing at 35.
The idea was conceived, as all good ideas are, after cider. But the difference between this scheme and the hundreds of other drunken promises made across the country at closing time was that I always follow through. …
The marketplace enabling over-stretched community organisers to arrange online activities with struggling providers
Recognition is a rare luxury in the early days of being a startup founder. Amidst the occasional and delightful praise from a customer, there is an endless onslaught of challenge, skepticism, quizzical looks and failures. These are ultimately hugely valuable experiences, as they build our gumption, grit, and resilience.
But sometimes it’s also really nice to feel very proud of what you’ve achieved, and to meet other people who believe wholeheartedly in what you’re building.
Which is why we were so chuffed to have won funding — and some fantastic feedback — from Innovate UK, an incredibly well regarded funder. …
The story behind the platform helping to revive your local community.
“They called it a ‘godsend’? Wow.”
Emma and Duncan were grinning at hearing my debrief from a call with a prospective client — a community centre in the South East. I had demonstrated our community events tool, designed to increase participation and donations, by virtue of its inclusive simplicity. The centre manager’s eyes had lit up.
Having incorporated during lockdown, we have been riding an exaggerated emotional startup roller-coaster for a while. …
I’m a village girl at heart.
I can pretend all I like that I’m a Londoner but growing up in the country has left its indelible mark on me. It’s not the fact I smile at strangers and don’t have a Pret obsession that gives me away, it’s my dogged determination to carve a little bit of community wherever I rest my hat. For context, I’m the girl who always unpacks her suitcase into the provided wardrobe and drawers on weekends away because I like to feel settled. Community is and has been an incredibly important part of my life.
Returning to the village to hide from COVID-19 at my parent’s house 4 months ago I was shocked. The church had no vicar. All 3 pubs had closed. And the village hall was pasting adverts all over trying to rent out its parking spaces. I felt gutted. As someone who mainly heads home for occasions (birthdays, Christmas etc) the village has always felt quite magical, a supportive and tight-knit hug of a place, sort of cosy. …
So we’re in lockdown, and trying to keep ourselves sane in the face of social isolation, a lot of screen time, some have kids in the house 24/7, and we’re all experiencing the impact of the loss of our daily routines. We all want to ward off feelings of loneliness, and we’re told it’s important to look after our mental wellbeing through the coronavirus crisis.
The problem is, many of the options available to us don’t fully scratch our social itch. Nothing quite compares to spending quality time with people, face-to-face — or to pursuing our hobbies and interests, out and about in the world. …
Get our free Toolkit for Community Leaders, “Leading Your Community Through COVID-19” here (takes you to google drive — just click “request access”).
It’s a challenging time if you feel responsible for a community, group, or club.
As the leader of a community, we don’t need to tell you how fundamental social connection is to our health and well-being. In these uncertain times, the most vulnerable and the most lonely are in danger of becoming completely cut-off.
Services have been disrupted, routines have disappeared or changed dramatically, and you’re most likely grappling with your own situation whilst trying to figure out how to support your members at a time when they need strong community the most. …
We’re living in a world that is becoming less and less human.
Technology and business are taking advantage of our behaviours and habits to make money. Religion, spirituality, and values are being phased out leading to a decline in trust, kindness, and community. Families nowadays are living further apart and feeling disconnected, and a cultural norm of ageism is making people feel like they should only socialise with people of their own age. We live in psychologically and socially unnatural environments, where opportunities for face-to-face interaction are disappearing every week, replaced by information overload and digital “solutions”.
This trend towards a less human world is affecting our health and wellbeing. In a period of rapid change, no wonder we are reaching a point where we’re beginning to feel powerlessness to influence the way things are heading. We worry about the kind of future we are creating together. …