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Your Life in Jelly Beans: A Perspective

Katelan Cunningham

Remember in elementary school when you had contests to guess the number of jelly beans in the jar? Every day in your life in jelly beans is way more than that. After you take out work, sleep, TV watching and eating, what are you going to do with the jelly beans you have left?

Whatever it is, make it awesome, because jelly beans are too delicious to waste.

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  • chheller

    I'll never look at another jelly bean the same again....

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    It's amazing our time spent doing civic stuff and caring for others is miniscule compared to time we spend commuting and bathing. Definitely gives perspective about how we can spend our time better. I think we can spend time engaging with community while doing things we love. It's just a matter of making the community a better place to actually act and do, and that's up to us.

    • Katelan Cunningham

      Exactly. When doing good is more accessible we spend less time trying to find opportunities in our communities and more time making a difference.

        • Katelan Cunningham

          Good question.

          I think Metro Rail stations in LA are really under-utilized as a source for the pulse of different communities. I've seen billboards for things like Art Restore LA and the Grand Park Sumer Series, but for the most part I think there's a whole audience there can be reached.

          Setting up an interactive, pop-up shop kind of setup (maybe something like The Library Store http://instagram.com/thelibrarystore) outside Metro stations could be a great way to get commuters to take notice of things happening in their communities. And whether they're on their way to board the train, or walk to their final destination, there will some time for the experience to resonate.

          It's an offline way to reach people already walking the streets of the city everyday who are getting a more macro view of their neighborhoods. Following through with community calendars posted in Metro stations and neighborhood-centric events could hopefully keep the initial impact going.