Current BFA Graphic Design student Leo Mancini has launched a new social networking initiative that allows the holiday season to be a celebration for everyone, no matter what the circumstances. Using Facebook and Twitter, Make Happy Happen lets people share their promises with friends in hopes of inspiring them to make their own. Mancini came up with the idea when he was brainstorming about designs for a holiday card contest. “I thought it would be fun for the card to be a ‘certificate’ of sorts, with the phrase, ‘I promise to…,’” he said. “The individual could fill in their name and make a promise to do something good this holiday season. Once filled out, the card would serve as a reminder to fulfill the promise.”
Make Happy Happen searches user’s promises for specific keywords like “volunteer” or “donate,” for example. When one of the keywords is found, the site uses the Google Places API to help locate the most useful and relevant resources close to the user’s location. Along with keyword information, Make Happy Happen also provides a directory of volunteer organizations, donation centers, service opportunities, and a general list of suggestions about how we can all help others more.
For more information and to make some promises yourself, visit Make Happy Happen.