We are loving Brendan Cox’s idea of a one hour general election truce as a time to pay tribute to the many groups working to build and unite communities for so many reasons:
– It’s a general election truce! One whole hour without any bickering or cross words. Something we could all do, perhaps something we could all do every week. Sharing different points of view helps us to shape our own ideas and values – it can be a discussion, it doesn’t need to be an argument.
– There are so many unsung heroes doing jobs that the rest of us take for granted, in our voluntary organisations, and in our communities and families, that we should take time to think of them and thank them.
– One of the cornerstones of the Jo Cox Foundation is the principle that ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’. We would love to see more people talking to their neighbours to find out what they have in common – failing that a simple ‘Hello’ would be a great start.
– Sadly Brendan is right that we seem to need ‘an excuse’ to reach out and bring our communities together. At the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Laura Alcock-Ferguson said we seem to need ‘permission’ to say Hello. Wearing a ‘Happy to Chat’ badge from the Jo Cox Foundation or using one of our Chat Mats will perhaps give people that ‘excuse’ or ‘permission’ more frequently.
So, this 21st May, take an hour to connect with someone new or at least say Hello.