Join the Gratitude Flashmob
Posted on 31 January 2011
Social Media Week (SMW) is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Social Media Week Hong Kong happens February 8-12, 2011.
The theme of SMWHK 2011 is “For Love or Money?”. So to tie in with the “Love” part, I was inspired to suggest an event called a Gratitude Flashmob, and the organisers of SMWHK loved the idea. As far as I know, this is the first-ever Gratitude Flashmob in Hong Kong, and even the world. The idea just popped into my head.
When: Saturday February 12, 2011, 6.30pm-6.45pm (Hong Kong time, which is GMT +8) – the live event will be brief, like all flashmobs. The online elements of the event can take place around the world all day on February 12, and in the days following the event.
Where: Outdoors at the Ocean Terminal Main Entrance, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
What: At this free public event, show some love and celebrate everyone and everything you’re grateful for! No script, no guest speakers, nothing formal – simply chat to as many people as possible (even total strangers) to share what you’re grateful for and/or what it is about them that you appreciate. Laughter, dancing and hugging welcome. Bring your friends! We’ll finish the live event at 6.45pm with everybody jumping up, raising their arms and shouting loudly together: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” (in whatever language they want).
Any time on February 12, people in Hong Kong and around the world are encouraged to tweet (using the hashtag #gratitudehk) and post Facebook messages about what they’re grateful for; to upload photos and videos of the live event, and to reach out to someone online (publicly or privately) to express what they’re grateful for about them.
Just to be clear: this is not a choreographed dance (like some flashmobs) that will be filmed and turned into a thinly disguised ad for a product; it’s just a non-commercial community event.
Language: Participants are welcome to speak whatever language they want: English, Cantonese, Putonghua…
Registration: If you’re planning to attend the live event, please register to let us know you’re coming!
And since we’re talking about gratitude, I’d like to say thanks to the team at SMWHK, to Karen and Floris at Harbour City, and to Bruce Foreman for taking the beautiful photo.
What are YOU grateful for?