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#WorldKindnessDay: Friday 13 November 2020, 14hr-19hr GMT

Join the Kindness Revolution ….

Hosted by Teamkind #Kindfest2020 brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers with inspirational agents of kindness such as Captain Sir Tom Moore – the 100-year-old war veteran who inspired a nation with his record-breaking fundraiser during lockdown – alongside his daughter Hannah Ingram Moore, to discuss personal, professional and political kindness.

#Kindfest2020 will offer practical solutions to creating kinder lives, workplaces, and communities, and putting kindness at the core of building back a better and fairer post pandemic world.

“If you smile at someone maybe they’ll smile back, and just the same with kindness; if you show some kindness to people then maybe you’ll get a little bit in return. It is in important that we show kindness to a lot of people because they are so short of kindness. It’s rather like loneliness….[this is why] Kindfest will be a great benefit to all people.” Captain Sir Tom Moore

A not-for-profit virtual festival, #Kindfest2020 is part of the kindness revolution, a global movement united against the rise of toxic and polarizing tribalism. Come, be inspired, and join a growing and supportive global community championing empathy and kindness.

“It is essential to explore new ways of working together right now. We need to spread kindness and support people who are struggling – be they our children, loved ones, colleagues or strangers. Kindfest2020 is a chance to come together, recharge our batteries and stock up our kindness reserves” Susie Hills, Kindfest Founder and Kinder Lives Curator

Join the thousands of people already signed-up. Discover the latest psychological, health, business management and economic research on kindness.  Hear about the profound impact it can have on health, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, creativity, innovation, performance, profits, and growth.

The Festival is organized into themed tents.

Tent 1: Kinder Lives – Inspiring ideas for how to lead a kinder life;

Tent 2: Kindness at Work – An exploration of kindness in leadership and business;

Tent 3: Thinking Kindness – All the latest research and thinking on kindness;

Tent 4: Kinder Politics – Exploration on bringing people together and de-toxifying political debate;

Tent 5: Kinder Youth – Kindness and young people’s mental health. Each tent is curated by an expert in that field. Festival goers can explore different tents and themes throughout the event and will receive access to recordings of the entire festival afterwards – so will not miss a thing.

There will also be a festival book shop run by The Guardian Books, featuring speaker’s books in a special Kindfest section and a Mental Health First Aid Tent to signpost attendees to support services where needed.

Tickets start at £5, with pay it forward tickets available for £10 and free tickets released every Friday.  100% of profits go to charity partners The Blurt FoundationThe Captain Tom Foundation and  YoungMinds.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, kindness transforms lives. It bolsters, soothes, fortifies, and ignites something in others in a way that’s instantaneous and long-lasting – the sheer memory of the kind act providing warmth for years to come. KindFest is like a shining beacon on the horizon in what has felt, to many of us, to be an unkind year. I’m excited to be a speaker among such an incredibly curated list of speakers and very honored that The Blurt Foundation has been chosen as one of the charity partners.” Jayne Hardy, Founder & CEO, The Blurt Foundation

Vanessa Longley, YoungMinds Director of Development said, “We are delighted to partner with #Kindfest2020, to spread the word about the importance of young people’s mental health, the importance of being kind to ourselves and others, and the need to come together, albeit virtually, during what has been a difficult and tumultuous year.”

Add #Kindfest2020 to your profiles and join the kindness revolution @TeamKind @teamkinduk.



Tent 1: Kinder Lives

Inspiring ideas for how to lead a kinder life. Curators Kamilah McInnis, Broadcaster and Susie Hills, Teamkind & Kindfest  Founder.

Speakers: Bernadette Russell,  of How to be Hopeful; David Jamilly, Founder of Kindness UK; Dr Catherine Crock, Founder of Hush foundation; Dr Radha Modgil, GP, writer and broadcaster; Dr Tara Cousineau, Author of the Kindness Cure; Giles Paley- Phillips, Writer and podcaster – A Little Bit of Positive; Gordon Kraft Todd, Morality Lab, Boston Collage; Jayne Hardy, author and Blurt Foundation founder; Jenny Wagstaff, Founder of Women Only Connected, body image counsellor; Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and podcaster – A Little Bit of Positive; Keira Byland, Treble gold winning cyclist, Special Olympics; Matt Callanan, We Make Good Happen, Tenner 4 Good; Pete Quinn, EDI consultant; Rob Stevenson, Inside Out – Mental Health at Work; Sal Pearman, EDI consultant; Simon Anholt, Good Country Index; Saba Salman author of ‘Made Possible’.

Tent 2: Kindness at Work

An exploration of kindness in leadership and business. Curator Magnus Wood, The Kindness Consultancy.

Speakers: Amanda Scott, Founder Mike’s Mates; Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder Global Thinkers Forum; Gay Haskins, ‘Kindness in Leadership’; Georgina Brown, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Bath; Graham Allcott, Founder of Think Productive; Jacqui Macalister, Sustainability, Compass Agribusiness NZ; Jane Murray, Founder & CEO, Peacebeam; Kirsty Mac, Executive coach, leadership consultant; Miriam Myer, Head of Talent – Freuds; Nahla Summers, Cultural Change Consultant, ‘A Culture of Kindness’; Peter McGahan, CEO, Worldwide Financial Planning; Rob Stephenson, Mental Health Campaigner, Founder of InsideOut.

Tent 3: Thinking Kindness

All the latest research and thinking on kindness. Curators Professor Robin Banerjee and Visiting Professor Claudia Hammond, University of Sussex.  Robin Banerjee is the Director of Sussex Kindness Research, and Claudia Hammond is the presenter of All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4 and Health Check on BBC World Service.

Speakers: Ben Thurman, Carnegie UK Trust; David Jamilly, Founder of Kindness UK;  David Robinson, The Relationships Project; Alison Body, University of Kent; Anne-Meike Fechter, University of Sussex; Dr Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn, University of Sussex; Dr Gemma Houldey, University of Sussex; Dr Gillian Sandstrom, University of Essex; Dr Jamil Zaki, Stanford University; Dr Jo Cutler, University of Birmingham; Dr John-Tylor Binfet, University of British Columbia; Dr Oliver Scott Curry , Kindlab at kindness.orgDr Zahira Jaser, University of Sussex Business School; Janice McGuinness, People United; Maureen Bowes, People Intelligence; Miranda McKearney, Empathy Lab; Molly Mathieson, New Note Orchestra; Nick Andrews, Swansea University; Onjali Rauf, Author and Founder of Making Her Story; Prof Gail Cardew, EuroScience and Science & Culture; Prof Gillian Ruch, University of Sussex; Prof Kimberly Schonert-Rechl, University of British Columbia; Prof Michelle Lefevre, University of Sussex; Prof Paul Gilbert , University of Derby and The Compassionate Mind Foundation.

Tent 4: Kinder Politics

Exploration on bringing people together and de-toxifying political debateCurator Matt Hawkins, Compassion in Politics.

Speakers: AC Grayling, Philosopher; Alice Roberts, Academic and broadcaster; Baroness Warsi Member of House of Lords and All Party Group for Compassionate Politics; Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP; Catherine Anderson, CEO – Jo Cox Foundation; Debbie Abrahams, Lab MP and Co-Chair of APPG for Compassionate Politics; Harris Bokhari OBE, Founder of Patchwork Foundation; Jennifer Nadel author, broadcaster and campaigner; Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Rory Stewart, Former Cons MP; Sarah Davidson CEO of The Carnegie Trust; Siobhan Bennita, Speaker about kindness.

Tent 5: Kinder Youth

Kindness and young people’s mental health. Curator Kimberley Rowell, Journalist, Broadcaster and Podcaster.

Speakers: Aaron Roach Bridgeman, TV presenter and mentor; Alex Paske, Owner – Mintridge Foundation; Bryony Gordon journalist and author; Cathy Newman broadcaster and author; Cherie Blair CBE QC, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Chloe Hine, Anti-Bullying Ambassador for The Royal Foundation and founder of Beat The Bullies; Danielle Brown MBE, Paralympian, author and keynote speaker; Dunola Oladapo, Schwarzman Scholar and Founder of Luton Lights; Emily Benn,  youngest Parliamentary candidate; Fatima Zaman, Head of UK Delegation at G20 and Kofi Annan Foundation Advocate; Joana Baptista, 18 year-old  Social Entrepreneur; Rachel and Laura Beattie, Careaux ethical fashion designers (Prince’s Trust Ambassadors); Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO Kidscape; Leonor Stjepic, CEO Montessori; Luciana Berger, former MP, MD at Edelman; Lucy Hall, Founder of Digital Women & Social Day; Marilyn Okoro, Olympian; Pinky Lilani CBE DL, founder of the Women of the Future Programme and Kindness in Leadership 50 Leading Lights;  Matt Johnson, TV presenter and Mind Ambassador.

Notes to Editors

Spokespeople available for interviews, quotes, op eds, blogs and top tips.  We also have footage available of speakers and a short film to be launched nearer the event.

Press Enquires: Jenny Rose on jenny@happypr.co.uk or 07957551697.

About Team Kind

An online community of volunteers who believe that kindness can change the world and that right now kindness is needed more than ever. It exists to promote, learn from, share and celebrate kindness.

#Kindfest2020 is the brainchild of Susie Hills. Susie is a kindness spotter, and the kickstarter of #Teamkind – an online community of people highlighting and celebrating kindness. In 2019, she was named as one of Unilever’s Leading Lights in Kindness’ in the Financial Times. Susie has a background in fundraising, having led the University of Exeter’s ‘Creating a World Class University Together’ campaign – raising over £25m and quadrupling annual philanthropic income.

Susie is regularly asked to present on kindness in leadership – having recently done so for organisations such as AUA and CASE Europe. She also writes regularly on kindness on her LinkedIn page and also for Halpin, where she is the Joint CEO and Co-founder – a management consultancy for nonprofits who strive to make the world a better place.

Anyone can join #teamkind… we are just a network of people who want the world to be kinder. We aren’t superheroes, but kindness is definitely a super power!” Susie Hills, Founder Team Kind.

Add #teamkind on your social posts to join the revolution.


The Blurt Foundation

The Blurt Foundation exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression with empathy, encouragement and education. They raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help. Working closely with medical practitioners, employers, schools and companies to help them understand depression, what it means and how they can support those affected by it.

www.blurtitout.org/ www.instagram.com/theblurtfoundation @blurtalerts

and www.facebook.com/blurtitout

The Captain Tom Foundation

In summer 2020 Captain Sir Tom united the nation and gave hope when it was needed most. Carrying on his journey, and as a result of the unprecedented support he and his family have received, The Foundation has been set up to continue to inspire people and ensure Tom’s message of hope becomes an enduring legacy. The “Captain Tom effect” reached well beyond his own charity walk. His actions inspired the fundraising of many more millions of pounds, throughout the world, giving motivation to everyone from five-year-old British school children to war veterans in Russia, Canada and Africa. Subsequently, The Foundation also wishes to inspire a new generation of Captain Toms.

www.captaintom.org Follow on Twitter @captaintommoore

Registered Charity No. 1189808


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. For more information please visit www.youngminds.org.uk

Follow on Twitter @YoungMindsUK and Facebook

Registered charity numbers 1016968 & SC039700

Photo by Randalyn Hill on Unsplash

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