Emma
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Henry Moore fan
Wednesday 20th June 2012, Millbank, London.
It was turning into a lovely London evening and the al fresco beers were going down a treat. My head was swimming and there was already so much to ponder but I wanted to hide just one more invite and give away another grand. That would be 10 for the day.
I spotted Henry Moore's 'Locking Piece' across the road from the pub and jogged over to take a closer look. I climbed on the sculpture (sorry, Henry) and carefully wedged an invite between two sections of bronze before clambering back down and tweeting a snap. I headed back to the pub, confident that I'd have time for another pint before anyone arrived, but once again I was guilty of underestimating the speed and determination of the Wearelucky followers. I suppose it's true; sometimes you really do make your own luck.
From the pub, I could see Emma circling the sculpture, perhaps unsure of whether she'd already missed out. After a few minutes she spotted the invite around 10ft up and did pretty well to cherry-pick the envelope while balancing precariously on the saddle of her bicycle. Emma is originally from Scotland, but is enjoying her new home in Brixton and said she wanted the money to benefit the local community that had made her feel so welcome. I was satisfied that all the money had gone to good people. Very different people, too. A fine day's work was finally over and I rewarded myself with a celebratory gin. Wonderful.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
Altruism (whether motivated by the gratification it returns or not) is something I advocate. I believe it's a behaviour that is taught rather than something in our nature. Therefore I like to think that Wearelucky reminds people or promotes the personal gratification that giving to others can provide.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I still haven't decided. The project succeeded in relighting a desire in me to give something back. The next morning I applied for a voluntary position with a charity looking for mentors to work with young people from deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds. This had been on the agenda for some time but my encounter with Wearelucky served as a catalyst to actually apply. The individual budgets are limited, so I am thinking about using the money as a top up to enable whoever I am paired with to get involved in something they otherwise wouldn't be able to.
3. Is it better to make a small impact on a big problem or a big impact on a small problem?
There isn't a right answer. Both are important.
4. Do you feel that being involved is important to the giving process? Is it important to get something back and why?
It's really important to be involved and get something back. I think that we are all motivated by personal gratification. Being involved in the process is key to encouraging people to continue to give.
5. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
Both. Lucky to be given the money and the opportunity to do something good with it. But responsible in terms deciding what will have the greatest impact.