Social Movement Takes Small Talk To The Next Level By Talking to Strangers
Think of everyone in life you've ever known, befriended, cared for, or even loved. All these people, your family, your best friends, your significant other…all started off as strangers. It's a sobering thought to remember that at one point or another in our lives, someone that could be so incredibly important was nothing more than a passing face.
I TALK TO STRANGERS® (ITTS) is a social movement founded by Robbie Stokes, Jr. that brings the world together through conversation. In 2012 Stokes had an idea to start conversations with people he did not know, so he quit his job on Capitol Hill to travel the globe and document what would happen if he simply talked to strangers. "I wanted to have some impact to change the world but lately I've been hearing that the true impact is connecting the world, " says Stokes. "I sold everything. All of my possessions fit into two suitcases. Legitimately four pairs of jeans, five shirts, four pairs of socks, a pair of tennis shoes, and a dream."
BUILD is a non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of the youth who are most at-risk of dropping out of high school. More specifically, BUILD supplements traditional education with the skills to develop and run their own small businesses.
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Every two years Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut displays thousands of flags in honor and remembrance of the American men and women who've fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The site is truly amazing!
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The Human Hug Project is made up of three people with three different lives, but all face one obstacle- PTSD. Together, they are the Human Hug Project. Ian Michael is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gino Greganti is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Erin Greganti is a Marine Corps wife who experienced war and its aftermath at home.