About this project
What is ThankBand?
ThankBand is a new and innovative way to track and quantify acts of kindness as they travel around the world.
ThankBand combines online and offline technology to make the world a kinder (and smaller) place, one good deed at a time. Have you ever wondered how your act of kindness was paid forward to the next person and the next person and so on? With ThankBand, you can now easily track the story of a good deed’s journey as it travels around the world using a simple wristband.
In this modern world, rich with our technological trances, and racing around without time for ourselves, depression from social isolation runs wild with 1 in 10 Americans affected. Research has shown that 25% of Americans have no meaningful social support at all - not a single person they can confide in.
But humanity is not designed to live like this. For the great majority of human history, people resided in small, intimate hunter-gatherer communities. And anthropologists who spend time with modern-day hunter-gatherer groups report that social isolation and loneliness are largely unknown among them: group members spend the bulk of their time with friends and loved ones.
Research has shown that relationships and charitable acts are amazing ways to alleviate depression. Social withdrawal amplifies the brain's stress response. Social contact helps put the brakes on it. The Fix: Make each day as if your relationships are your highest priority. And charitable acts help strengthen those relationships. Charitable acts, however small, have been shown to increase happiness, health, longevity and social connectedness. With ThankBand, you are given that very opportunity to dissolve isolation for yourself and others.
How ThankBand Works
Let’s say you are standing in line to get your morning coffee and you notice that the person in front of you forgot their wallet and can’t pay for their coffee. As any charitable person may do, you offer to pay for their coffee. And lucky for you… You have a ThankBand! You give it to the person, which they can then share this story on Thankband.com and then they can pay the act of kindness onward and you will both be able watch on the online map how your good deeds spread across the globe. The next time you see them you may even strike up a conversation about how they have passed their Thankband on and in that moment you may have created a new friend.
As your Thankband travels around the world, each time it is passed on you will receive a personalized email with the latest story about the act of kindness that was performed with your Thankband. It is the gift that LITERALLY keeps Giving, because ThankBand reminds us to perform random acts of kindness.
The Thankband Way
When you get your recycled silicon Thankband wristband, go to the website (www.thankband.com) and enter the code you see on the inside of the wristband to activate it. Here you create your profile and a ThankBand page will be associated with your wristband. Each page has a map, a story and a social element, where you can watch where your ThankBand travels to and see how your act of kindness has grown to create so many more stories of kindness.
Now the fun begins, go out and do something nice for someone. The best part is that it can be anything, no matter how big or small. Whether helping someone clean their garden, or carrying someone’s groceries, either way it’s worthy of a Thankband! And then, it’s time for that person to spread the kindness and go create their random act of kindness for someone else, continuing to spread the Thanks on and on around the world!
And know this! Once you have passed on your ThankBand you don't have to stop there, continue creating stories of Thanks with or without your Thankband, spread the kindness, and just do more random act of kindness to make the world a kinder place.
The ThankBand Story
My name is Josh Gold. I have worked as a positive psychology researcher in the self help film and book industry for the last 10 years on books such as The Secret and The Power. I’m also completing my Ph.D in Neuroscience looking at the neural functioning associated with The Zone of optimal functioning. And throughout these last 15 years, I’ve found a passion in helping everyone make a change in the world by building community and connection.
Random acts of kindness have always seemed like the most fun way of creating that connection and community between strangers. When one day my friend gave me a “Pay it Forward” wristband, I thought this is great but the scientist in me wanted to see how it travelled around the world and how we can harness this data to better inform the world of peoples innate social impact with good deeds. So, two years later we are about to embark on the journey of sharing Thankband with the world. We hope that you can join us too.
Stretching our Goals for ThankBand
In the hope that you, our community, really love and support this idea and we reach the STRETCH GOAL of $25,000 we will be working on the creation of new bands that are more attractive and better suited to fit the broad spectrum of wrist sizes and styles. We are really excited to continue exploring all the different ways that we together can promote connection and community. For More information you can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thankband and for Twitter www.twitter.com/thankband
Our Hope for ThankBand
ThankBand is really just a silly silicon band. We get it! And there are a million different colored bands out there to cover your whole arm with. But ThankBand isn’t a fashion accessory... it’s a tool. With the use of quantitative processes and the power of the web we think it’s a way that you can help heal the world by bringing people closer together. By helping turn strangers into connections, and create more trust in the world. By connecting with someone you don’t know, you make a friend out of them. By doing something nice in the world because you think life is grand, you make your life even richer. We believe ThankBand is a great way to make a difference in the world and have some fun doing it as well.
Say Thank you to someone and watch… You will change the world!
Risks and challenges
The website has begun to take shape but it's important to make it usable and accessible so that anyone can use it. The site needs to be properly built and I have found a good team of developers to help me put this project together. This campaign is to ensure that we can provide a stable web experience, to give the ThankBand the best chance to travel out into the world.
We will be additionally adding functionality such as "ThankBand reconnections" for bands that don't get passed on by receivers. Reconnections allow us to connect with previous ThankBand holders to offer them a new band in order to regift there ThankBand and continue the story of that band's Thankline. New functionality like this takes time to automate but we don't believe it will prolong the release of ThankBands to our supporters.
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