San Francisco, California
The League launches in 2014 with an intervention asking people to share the story of their first love. Stories are posted on a temporary construction wall in Hayes Valley.
The League meets monthly, always inviting new members, and brainstorms ideas around the theme for that month. Over the course of the month, ideas are built by the League members and then deployed in public spaces to insert more joy, love, and connection into the city.
The San Francisco, California chapter created a Fix Your Fears booth offering passersby the opportunity to share their fear and receive a tailored typewritten prescription from a certified Fear Doctor.
2015: Be Present
Right before Christmas Eve 2015, the League chapter made and distributed 1,000 signs around the entire city that read "Get Presents" modified to say "Be Present." Signs were assembled over several days and distributed around the entire city in the middle of the night. Each of the 1,000 signs were individually numbered on the back and included a message inviting the person who found the sign to take it home with them. In addition, the website link and a hashtag were written on the back of the sign. Over the next few days, photos popped up on Instagram as people discovered the signs all over the city.
2016: Secret Tiny Museum
The San Francisco chapter set up a secret immersive environment at the 2015 Outside Lands Arts and Music Festival and asked people what sustains them. This is the Secret Tiny Museum of ________.
2016: Story Forest
The San Francisco chapter created a Story Forest at the NOW Festival, a weeklong celebration of the Panhandle neighborhood. Passersby were invited to share a story from when they were little and hang it from the branch of a tree for others to read. The Story Forest created a playful shared space as participants took time to write their story and then weaved through the tree branches, reading the stories of others.
The League chapter created oversized Jenga, Connect 4, and other games and put them out at 24th St BART to insert more play into people’s day.
The League chapter created a Courage Container, asking passersby to share what courage means to them.