At the bus stop. On your phone. Eating lunch. On your phone. By yourself. On your phone. Sitting with friends. On your phone.

We’re so busy and occupied by the device in our hands that we’ve begun to neglect our social surroundings. It’s so rare to have someone walk up to us and say, “hey, how’s your day been?”. We’re presented with this ‘perfect’ reality on the internet; glamorous photos, endless parties… do we really know what’s happening in other people’s lives? How do we know whether the person sitting across the table from us is struggling?

We don’t. Because we’re not noticing.

Instead of staring down at a screen all the time, why not use the time to brighten up someone’s day?


1. Approach a stranger
(while waiting in line, at the bus stop, even at lunch!)

2. Find out 4 things about them
(what are they studying? What are their interests? Where have they been?)
Every person has their own story. Hear about it, learn from it, be inspired or maybe even help.

3. Ask to take a photo with them!
(explain the cause and make sure they’re okay with their photo being posted in a public space)

4. Upload to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #xawkwardturtle
or post it on our Facebook page!

Challenge your friends. Share your stories. Promote social change!

There’s bound to be a few awkward encounters. But don’t let that stop you and don’t be afraid to say, “hey!”. Sometimes, a small compliment or a single smile is all it takes to brighten someone’s day.

Change begins with one step. Let’s be the one to make it.


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17 thoughts on “Campaign

  1. I think this is a really great campaign, being a little socially awkward myself, I do find it hard to approach people but after the initial awkwardness, I find it does get easier to talk. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  2. This is such a great cause. I feel we’re all loosing touch, even at dinner with friends there are moments where we are all on our phones ‘socialising’ while we’re out socialising! I’m going to accept your challenge… will report back when I muster up enough courage to talk to a complete stranger

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    • Thanks so much Graciela! We really appreciate your support. It was definitely very daunting at the start, but it gets easier. Potentially help someone that’s struggling is my best motivation 🙂 Let us know how it goes. Good luck!


  3. I think this is a really cute idea! I had a really lovely conversation with an old lady on a train a few weeks ago, and I can definitely recommend the whole “talking to strangers” thing 😛


  4. What a fantastic idea!
    I met my boyfriend through a bit of an “awkward” situation. We were in a class together but never spoke because he was really shy! But once the term ended, we both got over the awkward turtle phase and we really hit it off!
    We’ve just moved in together and got a puppy! He’s my best friend so I encourage everyone else to take a chance and meet someone new… you never know!

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    • Thanks for your support! There are so many places we can meet new people but it often slips our mind. Exercising is definitely a great way to bond with others, especially team sports. I’ve met a lot of amazing and lovely people from play sports over the years!


  5. I love this campaign idea! I’ve recently had an aversion to being stuck to my phone all the time – being on the train, the bus, even on the street – everyone is stuck to their devices! It’s refreshing to see people sitting down and simply just observing their surroundings, taking in the moment and even making small talk with the person next to them. It really brightens someone’s day and daily commute. Keep up the interesting stories and people you meet through the campaign!


    • haha thanks so much for the support! I must say, this campaign has really inspired me to try smile at strangers more. I was able to do that today with each of them smiling back heartily. It really does brighten up your day! 🙂


  6. This is a great initiative to remind us everyday that this world is a much friendlier place if we took more notice of our social surroundings and make that extra effort to say hi or just give a smile. This has definitely prompted me to interact more with the people I come across everyday, and I even started putting myself in their shoes and be more understanding of why some people behave the way they do. Keep up the fantastic effort Lily!


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