In an age of time poverty when people use ‘Don’t have time’ for spending time on themselves or doing social good call to create a ‘University of Twixtmas’ is being made – to seize the opportunity when people are ‘time rich’ in the 5 days between the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The idea of a virtual university aims to encourage everyone to either learn 5 new things, or do 5 things to make the world a better place.
What 5 books would you recommend to friends? What 5 steps can you take to learn new skills? What 5 people could you get in touch with? What 5 little things could you do to help the environment?
Instead of binge shopping, or binge drinking, the campaign is trying to encourage binge doing and overcome the problem of ‘time poverty’ – where people perceive they do not have enough time to do things for themselves or others
The campaign is ideal to engage with people individually to do something, or for voluntary, charity or community groups who can either do something new or re-do an existing activity during Twixtmas.
The campaign web site www.twixtmas offers practical advice and inspiration to encourage everyone to make the most of this under-used opportunity. The site also provides a free facility for sending a Twixtmas e greeting card, and you can also download a Twixtmas pledge form.
The idea was originally conceived by social enterprise the Flexible Thinking Forum, as a simple way of creating social good by thinking differently about the period between the two public holidays of Christmas and New Year, and make use of untapped resource, energy, and opportunities.
To help people get the most of period the campaign has themed each of the five days with a focus;
Day 1 is about spoiling yourself and thinking more positively about you.
Day 2 is do something for someone else, ideally a stranger – help a neighbour or good cause
Day 3 is help a friend
Day 4 is doing something for the planet
Day 5 is do something for your future
Further details about Twixtmas can be found at www.twixtmas.com