One year ago today, we launched the #TangibleHope campaign to spread stories of hope and to share with the world what sometimes gets lost in the news cycle — that there are more helpers out there than those causing harm.
As I sit here today, last August feels like a lifetime ago. At that point, the U.S. was in the middle of a divisive presidential election and fear was running high after terrorist attacks in Europe and California. And , yet, last August, there had been no Orlando night club shooting; no wildfires in Ft. McMurray, Alberta; no approval of the Keystone XL pipeline or the building of the Dakota Access pipeline under sacred water in North Dakota; there had been no white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., no Hurricane Harvey soaking south Texas, no Hurricane Matthew before that; and countless other events that make my heart hurt.
I wonder, knowing what we know now, were we naive, a year ago, to launch a campaign based on hope?