Souptopia is a public intervention and performance of giving away 'Free Soup' to strangers. Benjamin Franklin once said to a friend not to pay the borrowed money back to him but lend this sum to someone else in need. It is well known that people are willing to do better things, when something good has happened to them. The concept was later coined as ‘paying it forward’ by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.
‘Free Soup’ is a continuation and practice of the long existing idea and movement of spreading kindness by ‘paying it forward’.
It takes the shape of a popup Protopia - a pragmatic approach for creating unforeseen relationships by sharing soup with strangers. It is an invitation to pause for a moment and pay attention to where you are and what is around you.
The soups are named after people who inspire these social protopias such as Benjamin Franklin, Charlie Chaplin and Abede Agyei. Their stories and words serve as great conversation starters for dreaming up kinder worlds.
Above all, giving away ‘Free Soup’ is a pretty good recipe for enjoying an afternoon, making others smile and for making this world a little bit tastier, kinder and more communal.