February 13, 2015 - #SAYHITOASTRANGER
I had the opportunity to meet an entire group of strangers today. The great folk behind the “Say Hi To A Stranger” community; Kaare, the founder of this social movement, and some of her amazing team of volunteers. The event was created here in Vancouver, with the aim to dispel what some perceive as Vancouver’s bad rap of being a cold city. They’re doing this by “Sparking friendly conversations with warm Hellos!” (*Fact Check - see links below.)
The team had invited me to join them at one of their ‘Check-In’s.’ At scheduled times throughout the day, they’re meeting with people at locations around Vancouver. The idea is to show up at one of the locations, and say ‘Hi’ to other strangers who are there, thus starting a conversation.
They volunteer street team were there to support the initiative, standing on the street, engaging passersby in conversation.
As it happens, Allan, a dear friend of mine rode past on his bicycle, and he stopped to say hello. The universe with all it’s usually trickery intervened; it turns out that Allan and Kaare have met a few times over the years, and have a few mutual friends. But the surprise of this chance encounter went even deeper. Allan told Kaare that he had recently being thinking of trying to connect with her, in a professional capacity! And here they were, randomly meeting one another at this #SAYHITOASTRANGER event! We clearly don’t even need six degrees of separation.
If you’re planning on getting out and about this weekend, be sure to check out the links below. Take some time and connect with the street team at one of the Check-In locations. The event is happening Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it to one of the meeting places, then consider taking the initiative on your own, and #SAYHITOASTRANGER, wherever you might be! #notastranger