Bert Pope is a father of four and the CEO of Awesome Company Worldwide, where he has launched the #BEAWESOME movement to make the world a better place. Awesome is the social network for kindness, where members are encouraged and rewarded for doing and sharing acts of kindness in their daily lives.
What motivated you to create this app?
After my wife Jill died in 2016, I was left to navigate raising our 4 children under 10. Making sure my children grow into beautiful kind hearted adults is my greatest goal. My children are growing up in a digital social world and I want to help provide them with the best tools possible.
My children and I created AWESOME a Social Networking Game for Good. “Making it fun to do good”. Users create Kindness Challenges and also invite friends to receive points. Users are awarded points when they share the Kindness Challenge to one social platform. The users profile ring changes colors as points accumulate and each level is celebrated with an animated explosion. Users creating the most viral 30-day Kindness Challenges get gifts and prizes. This is a free platform.
How do acts of kindness help both the person doing the act and the person benefiting?
To be the recipient of an act of kindness is a joyous thing. Someone helping make your day more magical and without expecting it. That feeling warms your heart and the ripple effects it causes are limitless. Mother Teresa once said, “kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless”. You can do acts of kindness anonymously…the effect on the giver is still powerful. The giver of kindness not only enjoys the understanding of the recipient being celebrated but the feeling of rewarding another is powerful. If you are feeling sad, mad, angry, depressed, all you need to do is something for another person. It does not have to be big, but each act will heal that part of you which was hurting.
Why is it so important for everyone to find ways to be kind?
When you become that ripple effect of kindness, the people around you are in a better place because of you- friendships, relationships, spouses, kids, pets all because you made a choice to be kind. When you shine your light of kindness others around you will enjoy and respond magically. When you do it as a group, family or couple you will see a difference of your surroundings.
How can an app help people be more kind?
When looking for tools to generate and create kindness, I could not find any. There are great websites, lists of random acts to choose from but no tool to help facilitate the acts and have fun doing Kind acts like a game. This is why my family and I created AWESOME as a tool to have fun creating kindness around the world.
Let’s make the World more Awesome together.
To learn more about the Awesome and Give an Awesome apps, visit www.awesome.one. The apps are available on iTunes and Google Play.