Is it possible that there will be more JOY in the world in the future?

One Brave South African organisation – THE UP believes so. And they have chosen to create that future everyday, as they SHARE JOY in order to grow joy and you can support them…

STARTING TODAY – votes open for the Possible Futures Film Contest and The Upliftment Programme – this joyful, inspiring Not for profit Organisation has created a film submission “ONE WORD” and your vote can support their JOYful win!

Nicola Jackman, Founder/Cheerlady of The UP says; “Looking around these days, evidence of stress and depression is obvious. Few people seem to be laughing or smiling and the majority seem so caught up in resignation and cynisism, they don’t notice the other people around them. Yet coming from South Africa, we are a community super conscious of the power that individuals can have, our very own Madiba is a precious example of this. We all have the potential to be the way of this ONE WORD and BE magnificent humanKIND.”

The UP has been actively sharing joy since 2003, their main outreach has been to the children in hospitals & institutions, where trained UP volunteer Care Clowns commit to their local hospital/home every week and share joy there with the children, parents and staff. Currently in Southern Africa there are over 75 volunteer Care Clowns and a monthly JOYful Upliftment of approximately 3500 people. Since January The UP has expanded their joy outreach globally, with Uplifting pieces on youtube, encouraging the world to share inspiration and send JOY virally.

The Possible Futures Film Contest is a bold new international film event challenging storytellers of the world to create a new vision for the future of humanity — one that will become defined by our relationships to human justice, environmental sustainability, peace and individual fulfillment.

Submissions are inspiring, edgy, funny, shocking or heartfelt.

The panel of renowned judges includes: Chris Eyre, film director/producer; Neil Huxley, interactive media producer, live-action director, and motion graphics designer for films, including Avatar; Annie Leonard, Director of The Story of Stuff Project and author of The Story of Stuff; Trudie Styler, actress, producer and global activist; Geshe Yong Dong, spiritual teacher, holding a Rajampa Geshe degree – the highest in Tibetan monastic education.

Film categories reflect four areas of our relationship to a new future:

Peace and Freedom: Resolution of conflict, without war and oppression

Fair Societies: A world of justice and human rights, free of discrimination and fear

Sustainability and Beyond: A thriving relationship between humans and natural ecosystems, without compromising future generations

Human Fulfillment: The expansion of consciousness, connection, and community, and our relationship with one another

So South Africa – pop onto and search South Africa and if you like “ONE WORD”, or if you are inspired by the possiblity of JOY growing – put your vote in…

P.S. – wanna peak at our work…

 “Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes and in the warmth of your greeting.  For children, for the poor, for all who suffer and are alone, always have a happy smile:  Give them not only your care but your heart.” Mother Theresa

CONTACT UP (Natasha or Nicola) on 083 300 2177 /

Nicola Jackman

See also the article about Nicola under Our Achievers