The Internet Keeps My Faith in People Alive

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 in Life, the Universe, and Everything, Projects | 0 comments

So a few months ago, I decided to embark on an ambitious project – which I’m calling the Penny Project. I’ve always had a fondness for the little squished souvenir pennies you can get at tourist attractions, but to do with a collection of them? My idea – a coffee table. I want to build a coffee table inlaid with over 1000 of them. And how to get 1000 squished pennies? Well, you could buy them on eBay. Or, you could solicit help from strangers on the internet! So I created a little website for it, posted a plea for pennies on some of the social networking sites I frequent, and to my delight people have actually been sending me pennies!

Today I have 217 pennies and every penny has a story and is connected to a real person. Some of them current friends, some friends I haven’t seen in years, some of them complete strangers. And I think that’s really special. I can’t tell you how much faith it gives me in the willingness of people who have never even met me before to be a part of this, some people have even gone out specifically to get me a penny. It’s like giving me a tiny piece of their life. The internet brings people together, inspires people, and fosters community and creativity (no this isn’t an I-hate-SOPA-statement, but I do hate SOPA).

So thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has participated so far. And if you haven’t heard about my penny project before, I’m still in need of about 800 more pennies so I would love it if you would consider sending me one, too.

There’s more information at my Penny Project site, and I am willing to reimburse the cost of making the penny and the postage to get it to me.

Thanks again, I love you all!


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