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Dear Joyfuellers,

2020 is certainly providing a year to potentially reconsider and re-imagine our individual lives while contemplating our interconnectedness and dependencies upon one another.

Since 2014 Joyfuel has run numerous experiments about what it might mean to be a mixed-media agency dedicated to kindness, creativity and joy: In-person and online ePlayshops, social media Mindful Moments, and Joyfuel Kindcasts–each Joyfuel project has intended participant exploration of how we might open to play and generate ideas towards activating greater joy in humans.

As founder and lead joy activist at Joyfuel, I view 2020 as the year we discover together how to collaborate on Joyfuel shifting from “me to we”, by community sourcing new and inspiring content for our readers and subscribers. Perhaps our leading question this year: How do we collaborate and support an emerging community of storytellers committed to telling personal stories of the kindness, creativity and joy that binds us together?

Towards this exploration Joyfuel has been chosen by The Pollination Project to receive a 2020 Impact Grant providing funding towards our basic annual expenses. This funding will allow further investigation and engagement with you and other Joyfuellers around the world, and I am deeply grateful.

I am also deeply concerned by the tidal wave impact of coronavirus creating lockdown and health care crisises, and food shortages all over the world. My heart is fully broken open to find ways to use ideas and funding to inspire and support people in sharing their stories of kindness, and how to find joy amidst sadness and loss.

Holding all of these facts and concerns, Joyfuel is rolling out a new initiative… a new branch is growing on the Joyfuel Tree called JOY CORPS.

Joy Corps aspires to train and support world-wide storytellers for kindness through storytelling workshops and brainstorming sessions supporting people through the ideation process of potentially solving their problems through the power of visual kindness storytelling.

Joy Corps is still very much unfolding and in the works. I hope to offer our first training in early May, and have new storytellers’ kindness stories featured on our media channels very soon.

As these projects are emerging, your financial gifts are greatly appreciated. Please consider a recurring monthly financial gift on Patreon (change amount or cancel anytime), a one-time gift through paypal, or gift a larger amount by check. Every penny will be used to grow and support our community in 2020.

Your ideas and thoughts are welcome. Please comment or hit reply to let me know what you are thinking. We will do this together. Now more than ever we need an agency to speak of the things that unify us in humanity, qualities of kindness, creativity and joy to support us through these challenging times. I am dedicated to you and this work and to finding a way together.

In gratitude for JOY,

Becky Suzik
Joyfuel Founder and Chief Joy Activist

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☼ (◠‿◠* Episode 2 The Human Kindness Foundation

Joyfuel Kindcast Episode with the Human Kindness Foundation’s Prison Ashram Project

 

Catherine Dumas, Executive Director, Sita Lozoff Co-Founder and Spiritual Director and Morgan Siem, Volunteer and Board Member of the Human Kindness Foundation

Today’s guests Sita Lozoff and Catherine Dumas are creating tremendous ripples of kindness in the world through the work of the Human Kindness Foundation and the Prison Ashram Project. Serving more than 35,000 incarcerated people in the US and other countries, the project has been supporting people in kindness and spritual direction for 45 years.

Visit the HKF web site to order books, t-shirts and support their work.  www.humankindness.org

Titles by Bo Lozoff mentioned on the show. All available by on the Human Kindness Foundation web site.
We’re All Doing Time (aka The Prisoner’s Bible)
Deep & Simple
Fiction: Lineage and Other Stories

From death row: Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters

To request books be sent to a prison inmate, provide person’s name, prison ID number, and facility mailing address. If you do not know the prison assignment there are many online searchable databases that will help you find their location.

Sacred Gates: Bringing Mindfulness to Prisons Volunteer Guide Click to open/read the full PDF
The film The Exonerated (watch trailer here) with Susan Sarandon is based on Sunny Jacobs’ story of wrongful incarceration.

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In love and kindness,
Becky

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