The commute is a time for keeping our heads down, our headphones on and concentrating on not making eye contact. But should it be?
It’s a cute thought – that a little badge will change our inherent ways and get us all chatting. But we’re not sure how realistic it is. Still, Londoner Chris Zair is determined to give it a go.
In a bid to stop the silence, Zair has created the #HappyToTalk badge. If you don’t mind a chat, you can pin one to your chest and it might spark some spritely conversation.
Chris got the idea after a chat with a stranger on the Victoria Line earlier this year. While he was originally totally against tube chat, he felt so much joy after this 20 minute conversation that he decided to try and spread it.
Okay yes, you might remember that a similar scheme happened a few years back and, yes, it did fail rather spectacularly. But that’s not stopping Chris Zair — and he’s got high hopes for his new campaign.
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(Of course, the formula won’t work if there aren’t actually any people in the carriage. 😂)
The badges cost £5: with 40% of sales going to Run Talk Run, a mental health support group that organises friendly runs; and the rest of the profit will go to another charitable cause at the end of each tax year.
Also published on Medium.