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The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities
The Carnegie UK Trust, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have launched a report looking into kindness.
Over the past nine months the Trust have been working with seven organisations to test 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.
This report by Carnegie Associate Zoë Ferguson sets out what they have learnt, highlighting powerful examples of where kindness and everyday relationships can affect change and support the wellbeing of individuals and communities. But there are major factors that get in the way of engaging and encouraging kindness both in individuals and organisations, 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.