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Why Kind Design?

When I had the idea that eventually became Life of the Kind, all I was seeing were words of division. In my heart I needed to somehow find a way to add kindness, compassion, and empathy back into the conversation in my own way. The graphics behind the message are about merging art and advocacy to create a conversation of kindness. I believe that in order to change the tone, and to demonstrate fully a life lived in compassion and bravery, we need to BE the kindness we want to see in the world. I follow a simple formula when it comes to what guides me forward:

Passion + Compassion = Purpose.

For me, the best example of why I do this is the ‘Starfish Story’:

A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.

As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water. The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied, "I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen."

"But," said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference."

The boy smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one."