I recollect being introduced to the interesting CouchSurfing Project at last spring's DC Gov 2.0 Uncamp. I first heard of this hospitality network while watching a social media documentary that took viewers into a month in the life of a first time American couchsurfer visiting London. I was instantly fascinated by the concept.
CouchSurfing's mission statement is to Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time by:
- internationally networking people and places
- creating educational exchanges
- raising collective consciousness
- spreading tolerance
- facilitating cultural understanding.
Creating a better world by simply surfing couches sounds simplistic. But to promote connections and cultural exchange worldwide, even one couch at a time, may eventually change how we relate to the world. Have you couchsurfed or know someone who has?