The following is a press release that I am choosing to share because it holds information on a really cool campaign coming up this weekend. I’m all for sharing something that might encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones and show some kindness. I don’t think Vancouverites, or people in other cities for that matter, mean to be rude when they don’t say hi to strangers. It takes courage to do something like that. It’s not really part of our social norms; in fact, overly friendly people are often thought to be strange. Not sure how this became infused into our culture but I’d like to encourage you to look up at people you pass on the streets, smile and say hi. If nothing else, it’ll make you feel more connected and more human. (There’s only so much love our cell phones and computers will give back to us!)
Here’s the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2013
Does Vancouver need a social adjustment?
Say ‘Hi’ to a Stranger Weekend in Vancouver – #sayhitoastranger
Date: November 8- 10, 2013
Time: All Weekend
Place: City Wide
Have you ever walked down city streets feeling especially friendly and compelled to say ‘Hello!’ to the next person you walked by just because you are so happy to be alive and want to share that joy? Did you get a ‘Hello’! back?
Lately in Vancouver this question has ignited a lot of controversy and conflict and the debate continues to escalate. The question being: Is Vancouver an asocial city? Vancouver singles and some non -singles have started to voice their disappointment of the social environment in the city. Men blaming Women, Women Blaming Men, but is this a City wide issue, non gender specific?
Kaare Long, the CEO and owner of Cue Creative Consulting is a single entrepreneur mom living in Vancouver, and fuelled by her own sense of isolation began to investigate this phenomenon. Polling friends, single and not, male and female, the response began to weigh heavily to one side. ‘Vancouver is a Cold City’. This impression has been written about consistently in local newspapers and magazines with the latest installment bringing the discussion to a whole new level- A new online web series about the troubles of dating in Vancouver: Single and Dating in Vancouver.
Kaare and her team at a Cue Creative Consulting wondered what they could do about this stigma. How could attention be brought to this issue in a positive way? Chelsea Pescitelli, Sex and Relationship Writer and Correspondent for Global News wrote the article that was the catalyst for Kaare to embark on this project. In this Article ‘Single in Vancouver: The Asocial Society’ in VancityBuzz. Chelsea identifies the social issue and then finishes the write up by DARING Vancouverites to say ‘Hello’ to a stranger with no expectations. a Cue accepted that dare and hit the city with a camera in hand. Launching the Video and Blog as a beta test across social media sites, the response was explosive – with Chelsea Pescitelli tweeting directly “This is Amazing!”
Based on those results, a Cue is inviting the entire city into a campaign to break through these self imposed barriers – #sayhitoastranger will take place on the November 8th weekend and will be circulated through social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the event. The goal is to get as many Vancouver residents as possible to just say ‘Hi!’ to a stranger as they walk by.
About a Cue Creative Consulting: a Cue Creative Consulting is a Boutique Business located in Vancouver,B.C. owned and operated by Kaare Long with a team of three, Dina Arsenault, Adam Bajan and Kesley Van Lissum. A Cue Specializes in Marketing, Public Relations, Special Events and Business Coaching for Artists and Small Businesses