Episode 43. Exploring the exponential power of kindness with Becca Reed
Kindness.org is on a mission to educate and inspire people to choose kindness and science is the foundation and heartbeat of their work, through their collaboration with researchers at Harvard University and educators, one of the many topics raised in my conversation with today's guest, Becca Reed.
Over the last decade Becca’s worked with thousands of educators and students across the US, first as a classroom teacher, a program designer and trainer, and then as an education consultant. As the latter, she worked with change-making educators and organizations to build bridges between “what is” and “what could be” in education.
She is now the Director of Products & Programs at Kindness.org and the creator of the Learn Kind curriculum, a K-8 kindness curriculum powered by social-emotional learning and scientific inquiry that has reached nearly 100,000 students since its launch in 2020.
Becca shares with us her take on creativity, the role of storytelling in inspiring and empowering us to choose kindness, and how science can remove barriers and help us embrace kindness wholeheartedly.
We discuss the reason kindness needed rebranding, how we all have the capacity to choose it, but don’t always know where to start, and her excitement at the powerful - scientifically proven - ripple effect, the smallest act of kindness can generate. By the end of this episode, you will not see kindness in quite the same light, so I hope you enjoy it.
Becca’s podcast (retired but still active)
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A maths teacher can be creative. So can a financial adviser, a community builder, and a yoga teacher. Not to mention a speed painter, a potter, or an actor!
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