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Kindness Guru to Speak at Singapore Seminar

 

Come November 1, well-known kindness guru Dr. Chuck Wall, will be in Singapore to speak at the 1999 Singapore Kindness Seminar. He is the founder of Kindness Inc., a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.

Dr. Wall is an author and lecturer on supervision, leadership, communications and human relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Management from the University of California. He is currently Professor of Management and Human Relations at Bakersfield College as well as President of the Kindness Foundation.

The half-day seminar, organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), will be held at the World Trade Centre Auditorium. Over 500 participants including corporate members, educators and SKM coordinators from kindergartens, schools, junior colleges and polytechnics would be attending the seminar. Mr Lim Boon Heng, Minister without Portfolio, and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, will be the guest-of-honour. The slogan for this year's event is "Kindness all year round."

The seminar is held to raise public awareness of the SKM programme, recognise the efforts of those involved in the SKM, and to share ideas on how to promote kindness in schools and workplaces. It will also provide avenues for members to network, nurture and strengthen the Movement.

Among the topics discussed will be issues relevant to the movement, how to expose children to the concept of kindness and ways to create awareness and garner support from corporations and the public. 
 

Dr. Wall and his Kindness Movement

 

It all began when Dr. Chuck Wall heard a radio newscaster make the all-too-familiar statement: "Today, we have another random act of senseless violence to report."


Latching onto the idea, Dr Wall asked his class to go out and do a random act of senseless kindness instead. From this humble beginning, grew into a worldwide movement known as Kindness Inc. Now, the concept of  "Today I will commit a random act of senseless kindness, will you?" has a familiar ring in countries like Singapore, Australia, Canada and Japan.

Dr. Wall is visually handicapped, but he does not consider himself disabled in any way. He refers to his blindness as just one of "life's little nuisances." His published works include a joint five-act video programme with Stroud Puppets entitled Kindness for Kids and a new book The Kindness Collection.

Dr Wall is also deeply involved with the "Random Acts of Kindness Movement" which has received international attention.

He has a positive view of life. As he said: "Though committing ourselves to the concept of acts of kindness is not the answer to all ills of the world, we must begin somewhere. So why NOT kindness? It costs little or nothing to be kind, and each act of kindness has the potential to multiply, bringing others into the cycle of committing kindness. Remember an act of kindness goes a long way."

 

(From TALK Time, the Quarterly Newsletter of Singapore Kindness Movement, November 1999)

 

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