Sneaky Cards – Play It Forward
Looking for a little nudge (or 55 little nudges) that will motivate you to learn new things, get out of your comfort zone and do more random acts of kindness?
Enter Sneaky Cards. Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
- Take a selfie with a complete stranger
- Try new food
- Write a haiku
- And 52 other tasks
If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I stumbled on Sneaky Cards way back in April and bought it immediately – and I’m so in love with it, I bought a few more sets today to give to gifts.
I’ve tried (and failed) to work out when and where the game originated – some say it was made in Australia, some that it was created for a competition and others that it was initially a hand-made project of a high school kid in 2009 – but in 2016, it’s a professionally printed deck of cards with over 4,500 fans on Facebook, and lots of spin-off groups, clubs and communities across the world.
Cards are categorised under six different “Mission Objectives” – Care, Create, Engage, Connect, Surprise and Grow – with the aim to make you “become a secret agent of joy, spreading art and intrigue to an unsuspecting public.” In working your way through the deck, you’ll do anything from delivering a spontaneous speech in an elevator and learning a new language to simply slipping a card into your favourite book or saying thanks to someone who makes you smile – all to get you engaging with the people and world around you.
Admittedly I’m a more casual player than others – I’ve heard of some people who set themselves the challenge of completing 10 per week until they’ve run out, or who race their friends to see who can get rid of all their cards first, but I just keep a couple in my wallet and complete the challenges when opportunities present themselves. So far I’ve hidden cards in sugar bowls and coat pockets, started a game of tag, done jagerbombs with a guy dressed as a superhero and left a few missions on the community noticeboard in my apartment complex.
One of my favourite things about it is that each card has an individual tracking code, letting you directly see the ripple effect your card is having. When someone receives or picks up your card, they can visit sneakycards.com, enter the card number and their location (by GPS if they want to be specific, or manually e.g. a city if they’re privacy-conscious) – it will then show them a map of where the card has been tracked previously, and if you’ve registered your deck, you’ll get an email letting you know that one of your cards has changed hands. People love this feature so much that there’s rumoured to be a travel edition in the making!
You can click here to buy Sneaky Cards now, or if you’re a little short on cash (or just really want eight copies of your favourite card) there’s a free to download version on the Sneaky Cards website.
If you were creating a Sneaky Cards deck, what challenges would you include?
And if you get on board, please tweet me at @fullofliving with your action shots!