Courage isn't a personality trait. It is something you work for, something you earn by practicing every day.
It turns out we are biologically wired to focus on and communicate about what to be afraid of. Add in the distorting effects of mass communication on our poor hunter-gatherer brains, and the result is that we fear far more than we need to.
Fear Not is a community-based art project that invites people from around the globe to counteract this by using simple, personal means to create a multimedia, anti-fear environment. It's based on research, even! Thankfully, it's also pretty fun. On this site you can see what some of our participants have been up to and (hint, hint) take part yourself.
Want to get involved?
Write "have no fear" on a postcard and mail it to us. more
Put some of our Fear Not magnets up in your area! more
Fear Not was shortlisted for the Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. Although we didn't make the final cut, we hope to be part of this great event in future, and you can take a look at the amazing work they're doing here.
New images from Canada, New Mexico, and Kentucky are posted. Check them out!
In summer 2013, we have Fear Not Indirect Mail volunteers delivering magnetic messages in Boston, Seattle, and Texas. Images will be coming soon!