The Week That We See-Saw A Great Anti-Wall Campaign

Seesaws

All is Fair in Love And Walls

This week, a simple yet incredibly impactful anti-Trump / anti-Wall stunt took place at the US-Mexican border.

Architectural studio Rael San Fratello has installed three pink seesaws in between the metal slats of the US-Mexico border wall, so that children on either side can play together.

The brilliant, powerful video of children playing together, across the border, laughing, cheering and having fun in an area typically associated with sadness and pleas for hope, quickly went viral this week, with global news coverage.

In an Instagram post, the founder of the studio said “The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”

What a way to challenge and counteract a hugely polarising landmark 👏

Rochester Cathedral

For Better Or For (Golf) Course

As part of a campaign to get more young people interested in going to church, Rochester Cathedral has swapped its pews for a fairway and constructed the first crazy golf course… in a cathedral or church.

The course was designed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in a bid to attract visitors over the summer –  the Rochester Bridge Trust has been providing medieval bridges to the area for over 1,000 years!

The move has attracted lots of coverage and, of course, some criticism – but, if you’re interested, the course will be running until September and day sessions will be free.

Rochester Cathedral has certainly been tee’d up for the next generation 🙌

TikTok

TikTok is fast becoming one of the major social media platforms. The app, which allows users to share short videos, is now used by more than 450 million people worldwide.

Chinese company ByteDance own the emerging app and have set sights set on bigger things according to new reports, that it is now developing a smartphone which will likely incorporate its apps into its operating system.

The phone could soon see ByteDance’s presence on the social media scene solidified.

Quitting Social Media

Social media detoxes are hitting the headlines week in, week out with everyone from MPs to Royals urging us to take a break from our screens and the addictive apps.

A new study by psychologists at Stanford University backs these claims by highlighting five key benefits that people could experience as a result of stepping away from social media for just one month.

The benefits include improving psychological wellness and decreasing negative self-talk. Is it enough to make people ditch the ‘gram though?

Instagram

Instagram, arguably one of the most critiqued social media platforms, has now launched a new feature which allows users to donate to charity directly through the app.

‘Donation Stickers’ are the latest addition to the stories function and allows eligible non-profits to create a 24 hour fundraiser.

Jameela Jamil’s I Weigh page has already launched a fundraiser for Mermaids UK – a charity which supports transgender youth.

This new feature forms part of Instagram’s wider drive to be more socially conscious and aware of the negative impacts it has had on users’ mental health in the past.

Cassie Samji

Cassie Samji
Cassie Samji’s Instagram feed makes our fairytale fantasies come true with her dreamy feed showing gorgeous scenery in glamorous locations including London, Paris and Croatia.

Cassie is a travel and lifestyle influencer with an audience that is 69.5k strong.

We can’t wait to see what inventive content Cassie comes up with next!