It’s called the “Hello Project” and it’s an effort to get folks in Metro Vancouver talking with each other.
It’s a grassroots movement and brainchild of David Beattie, who feels we’re not unfriendly but rather what he calls “disengaged.”
“People are excessively polite and reserved; people are accustomed to not trespassing on other people’s time and space. There are many factors that make people a simple – you know – reserved and shyness, and a kind of reluctance to be seen to be intruding on other people’s quiet time or private time.
Beattie’s come up with an idea he hopes to launch in Surrey to help those suffering loneliness or social isolation.
It’s getting people who are willing to wear a special logo on a lapel button.
He says it’ll be a signal to others it’s okay to chat.
“The city has changed so much the rate of growth is taking it’s toll in all sorts of ways.”
Beattie says he’s presented the idea to seven cities in Metro Vancouver, and also to Translink.