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This article was published on August 22, 2011

    A loudspeaker encourages New Yorkers to “Say Something Nice”

    A loudspeaker encourages New Yorkers to “Say Something Nice”
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    I would never say that New Yorkers are known to be unkind. But it’s a tough city. I fear this concrete jungle is slowly, day by day, killing the hippy inside me, particularly at moments when I find myself pushing young children out of the way to get on the L train.

    For Improv Everywhere‘s latest mission, the spontaneous theatrical group left a megaphone attached to a wooden lectern in New York City’s Union Square with a sign that read, “Say Something Nice.”

    We wanted to see what would happen if New Yorkers were given the opportunity to amplify their voices to “say something nice.”

    The experiment was produced as part of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition stillspotting nyc. This is their second collaboration in the series, the first being The Mute Button. The results are joyous, and yet another reminder that kindness in this city is all around us; it’s just more obvious with a megaphone.

    Watch the video here: