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What is Smiles Matter?

You might be wondering, “What is smiles matter?” After we began masking due to the COVID pandemic, many people noticed a dehumanizing effect. The masks hide our faces, which is a huge part of how we communicate. So, a few people on Twitter started this movement to urge others to smile. And, most importantly, they want to ensure that each person they interact with knows that they’re valued. Below, Ronni Peck explains how and why the Smiles Matter movement started. If you want to learn more, you can check out our full conversation here.

What is Smiles Matter?

Smiles matter is a movement to help re-introduced humanity to our interactions, and to remind people that we see each other as a human being, as a person. This is how that movement got started, and dives into the problems that we have when we cover our faces for months on end in every interaction we have.

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The website describes the movement like this:

We’re a worldwide grassroots social movement focused on PEOPLE, not pathogens.

Faces, not fear.

Humanization, not isolation.

Smiles Matter website

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How and Why #SmilesMatter Started

The reason the movement was started is people wanted to see smiles. Someone proposed wearing a smiley face to Ivor Cummins, who then helped to popularize the idea. Others latched on, including Ronni, and made it into a movement. Simply put, it grew out of a longing to have a real, human connection. Instead of viewing each other as viruses, we can see each other as human beings. In order to do this, we need to remember that other people aren’t just vectors of transmission. Each of us is worthy of respect and dignity, despite what muzzling our faces may seem to indicate.

200. Restoring Old Homes with Beauty and Purpose Conversation of Our Generation

I've talked to a couple of architects and discussed the charm of local neighborhoods. In my conversation with Bill Martin, we discussed restoring old homes. And, we talked about his philosophy on how to do that in a way that serves his client and is in keeping with the neighborhood. Furthermore, he does this with sustainability as a primary focus as well. If you're interested in learning more, listen below to understand his philosophy. You can also find more about Bill's work here. https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/03/01/restoring-old-homes-with-beauty-and-purpose/(opens in a new tab) "Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness." -Frank Gehry Restoring Old Homes After a while, homes need to be touched up. Even if they're in good shape, people may want to change them to fit a new style of living. So, restoring old homes is important if we don't want to tear down and rebuild. It is also a more efficient and sustainable way of updating a home than tearing down and rebuilding. The practicality of restoration, I think, is clear. But, there is something to maintaining the character and history of a home and not getting rid of it. Doing it With Beauty And Purpose Bill does this with beauty. He focuses on creating an aesthetically impressive home that is in keeping with the neighborhood. Instead of trying to fuel his ego, he seeks to build something for the client and the community. Building with purpose is another part of this, ensuring that his building serves the client and the community. His approach that recognizes the need to balance these different uses and economic factors is unique. More architects should learn about his philosophy, which he calls E-FABism. "Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart." -Arthur Erickson — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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