Last March, TEDxOPorto took on a novel way to connect their community — through the notes of strangers. Organizer Norberto Amaral was inspired by Postcrossing, a project that aims to liven up people’s physical mailboxes with postcards from around the globe.
“After much convincing, we finally were able to get [Postcrossing] to come to TEDxOPorto’s latest edition,” says Amaral. Co-founder Ana Campos gave a talk inspired by “one simple question,” Amaral says: “When was the last time that you felt magic in your mailbox?” In an age when physical mail often feels more like a hassle than a treat, he says, Campos and her team are dedicated to making checking the mailbox fun.
To revive the tradition of hand-written mail and revive physical mailboxes of the world, Postcrossing connects half a million users with one another, assigning random addresses to users with the simple instruction of send a postcard.
To demonstrate the effects of Postcrossing’s work, Campos worked with the Postcrossing community to prepare postcards for every member of the TEDxOPorto audience from all corners of the globe. The reaction was incredible, says Amaral: “You should have seen their faces! I still get goosebumps from that moment!
For more, watch Campos’s whole talk below: