“The Place of Kindness”: Carnegie UK’s report on combating loneliness
PSTA would like to draw your attention to a report published by Carnegie UK. Entitled “The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities“, it represents the culmination of nine months of work with seven different organisations, aimed at “test[ing] what, if anything, could be done to encourage kinder communities, exploring ideas around the importance of places and opportunities to connect, and the intrinsic values underpinning our interactions and relationships.”
In the report, Carnegie associate Zoë Ferguson sets out the findings of the project, including examples of ways in which kindness and day-to-day relationships can change and nurture the wellbeing of individuals and communities alike. Some of these are illustrated in this short film, which was produced to accompany the report:
However, the report also notes that there are obstacles to this seemingly simple strategy, including “real and imagined rules relating to risk; funders and policy makers valuing the formal and organisational over the informal and individual; and modern definitions of professionalism and good leadership crowding out everyday kindness and intuitive human interactions.”
You can download the full report from the Carnegie UK website.