February 7, 2018

Share this story

The Carnegie UK Trust is calling for people to share what can be done to encourage kindness within our changing society by participating in the Kindness Innovation Network (KIN). The Scotland-wide network will see likeminded citizens work together to find innovative ways to challenge the status quo, and embed kindness in organisations, workplaces and communities across Scotland.

Since 2016, the Trust has worked with seven organisations across Scotland in an attempt to explore how we might increase kindness within communities. Findings showed that while there are several barriers to achieving this, creating places for informal interactions and talking about kindness has a powerful effect on behaviour.

Meeting five times over 2018 and in to 2019, KIN will provide a space where participants are able to collaborate by sharing ideas and learning across sectors, communities and generations, as well as testing new and innovative ways of overcoming barriers and encouraging kindness.

Shaped by participants at The Place of Kindness event in Glasgow in December 2017, KIN will be:

  • Focused on action learning and reflection – not simply another talking shop.
  • Open to anybody who wants to be involved – across sectors, professions, generations and communities.
  • Non-hierarchical – a network with a flat structure and where everyone is equal.

The aim of KIN is to embed kindness into organisations and communities across Scotland through practical approaches, and normalise the concept of kindness and its impact on wellbeing in public policy debates.

KIN are accepting expressions of interest, and those wishing to take part are invited to contact Rebekah Menzies [email protected].