Have just been sent a link by an acquaintance to a random blog called de-noted.com. It has a very simply concept really. Write a question on a bank note, take a picture of it, send it in, then spend the money. If you're wondering "why?" here's what the site says,
de-noted is a blog to see what would happen if you release a question written on a bank note. There is no agenda, no manifesto, just an idea that started last time I went to pay for my breakfast. I handed over a five pound note, and saw a number scrawled across it. I can’t remember the number, it wasn’t important at the time, but it was important to someone else. Of course, it was presumably only important all the while they were counting the days takings in the shop, and tagging every 20th note so they wouldn’t lose count. But that number made me think, and this blog is the result of that. What if it wasn’t a number, but a question?It never ceases to amaze me how truly inspired the Internet can be with its randomness.
When you write a question on a note and spend it, you know that it will pass through hundreds of wallets, pockets, purses, ATM’s, banks and tills. The lifespan of your question will continue as long as the note is in circulation. In contrast to this, fly posting, passing notes in the classroom, handing out leaflets have a finite lifespan. When the medium used has an inherent value, the chance of being dropped on a street, or scraped off by a cleaner is almost non-existent.
But a message is a dead end in itself. A full stop marking a fact, a statement that’s not allowed to be argued against. But by inviting the reader to respond, albeit to themselves, a connection can be made and you can make a difference.
What kind of difference? Well that’s up to you. Maybe you’d just like to make someone laugh, make them smile. Maybe you’d like to do more, the choice is yours.