Once at a programming conference I told a fellow engineer about a side project I built to aggregate random acts of kindness for people being harassed online. I told him how I believe more people need this kind of support and I want to figure out a way to make it scale. He looked at me incredulously and said, “But, kindness doesn’t scale …”
So, I thought about what that engineer said for a long time.
The culmination of those thoughts is the material in this talk. My presentation will make parallels between distributed systems (think, the *internet*) and how groups of people interact and influence each other, and how yes, kindness can and does scale.