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Gratitude Word Cloud

Saying thank you makes you happier and healthier, and improves the lives of others, make the invisible, visible!

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Create a Google Form to collect anonymous expressions of gratitude to create a word cloud from.  Share the word cloud with the community.  It really is that simple!  Choose as small or large an email list as you like, and share accordingly.

Idea Title

Crowd-Sourced Gratitude Word Cloud, #GratefulBoston

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

Make gratitude public!

Who are you innovating for?

The participants and community.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

Any workplace, large or small. This is meant to help institutionalize gratitude and make private gratitude public--it helps make the invisible, visible.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

With Thanksgiving coming up we'll carry this out again for the 3rd year. It will be fun to spread around to other schools and organizations in the Boston area.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

Participation may be a challenge, frequent reminders and participation rewards may help. Also grant money will help with the publicity.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

A dry run of the google form and word cloud application, in addition to a team approach to brainstorm best strategy will help ensure success.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

We will spread the word through the Boston metro area schools and organizations to invite them to participate in a "#Gratefulboston" effort.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.
  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.
  • Piloting: You have started to implement your solution as a whole with a first set of real users. You may have started to develop a business model for your idea, including identifying key customer segments, relevant partnerships, go-to-market strategy, and draft financials.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

From Greatergood @ Berkeley research and my idea to implement the project.

Tell us about yourself

I'm Russ Wells, and I work at Tower School in Marblehead, MA as a sceince and health teacher. I've worked at Tower for 11 years and worked towards living up to our school phrase "character and confidence".

Where are you / your team located?

Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

non-profit school, 501(c)(3)

Company / Organization Name


Tell us about your experience

I am a molecular biologist turned middle school teacher exploring the science of teaching character and confidence.

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