The Medal Day, 2011



The first Medal Day was celebrated at 18.11.2011, when 700 medals were given for people with the reguest to give them forward for people that makes one's day better. It could be given for the buss-driver that gives sudden performances, sings or gives candies for people. Or somebody else that you see often in your life, who makes your day happier, special with his/her attitude, but who doesn't belong to your family or friends.

The medals were spread out to people with the speech given at
TEDx -conference in Helsinki.

The results were asked to document at facebook.
At one day hundrets of people replied to task. Altought most of the stories are in finnish, you'll find some happy
pictures there as well.


I have a routin to use random elements in my life. In 2007 I was travelling in Luzern, Switzerland, with the advice of a dice. The dice guided me to a second hand -market, and next to table that had a big bag of old medals. Since dice made me rules to play with, I bought the medals and decided to find them a good use later.

Back in Finland I put some medals in my backs and carried them along. Few months later, when taking the train from Helsinki to Jyväskylä, I suddenly found them a good use: there was a conductor, who gave such a great speech (ingluding jokes and poems) before the train was on it's way, that I asked other people if they would join me with applauses and Hurraa- sounds, when I give medal for the conductor since he made our day start so special way.  This moment started a routine, that spread out as a celebration three years later.

Conductor in the train 2007

Happy people after Hurraa's and applauses.