The people have spoken

Hello fellow experimenter,

Thank you to the 400+ people who voted and the 200+ comments that you left. I was touched that so many of you cared enough to share your thoughts.

Seventy per cent of you said, “Yes, continue on, but with context”. So I shall continue on, but I’ll be taking a little break for a couple of weeks to reset and reflect on what experiments will serve us all best during this time. I’ll also be slowing down the pace a bit. Quite a few of you suggested having two weeks per experiment, so we’ll be moving to this cadence when I kick things back off again.

I thought I’d share some of the comments you left that had the biggest impact on me and my decision to keep this project going:

“The underlying optimism of "better" is much needed now. Don't stop! If anything, do more! I've told people we need leaders who do three things:

1. Are realistically positive (confront the reality of the present but are unwavering about their faith in the future)

2. Find opportunities in constraints

3. Embrace altruism, asking "what can I do to help?"

You can UNIQUELY help to amplify and spread some of these messages so please please please please please do.”

“I hope people will jump on board for "keep going"! Times are troubled, but this experiment is part of "keeping the lights on" :) I love to be a part of it!!!”

“It's helping us think differently in a time when that is really needed”

“The current disruption seems an opportune time to experiment further. I imagine there are wonderful experiments you can conduct that will shift not just the 1700, but not unlike the virus, spread those positive ripples forward.”

“Feeling like a part of a community is more important than ever at the moment. Knowing 1700 people are struggling with the same thing is comforting - as is knowing we are all doing what we can to improve in this time.”

“More cat pictures.”

Yes, I’ll definitely aim to include more cat pictures.

Also, a big thank you for all the beautiful messages that you left via the survey. So many of you reminded me to think about myself and my own health. For the record, I’m doing okay. I’m an introvert by nature and am loving working from home 100% of the time. I’m also very lucky because I have amazing parents, the best little girl in the world, incredibly supportive team mates, and friends who are like family. So I’m all good (or as good as one can be during this time).

I also know that plenty of you felt this is not the right time to be experimenting with our lives and trying to improve ourselves. It’s hard to focus on improvement when many of us are just trying to survive. If this is you, feel free to unsubscribe (scroll to the bottom of this email and click on the Unsubscribe link). You know where to find me once you are ready to re-engage. I’d personally prefer a smaller, engaged community rather than a larger passive one.

And please, stay connected with each other via the comments section of these posts and with me via email. Connection is now more important than ever.

I’ll be in touch in a couple of weeks’ time.

Keep safe and count to 20 when you wash your hands (or sing your A, B, Cs as my daughter Frankie has been doing).