AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYouth around the world have managed to turn a dangerous and deadly viral drinking game into random acts of kindness that have most recently turned infectious on university campuses in Canada.It started when a man in South African decided to give away a sandwich to a homeless guy, rather than continue the drinking-dare game for which his friends had nominated him publicly, called NekNominations.This one alternative act inspired European youth to begin nominating each other to do good deeds while recording videos of themselves being kind. Random Act of Kindness RAK Nominations were born.The Canadian version currently captivating students on campuses like McGill University is called Feed the Deed.University of Ottawa medical student Josh Stern saw someone abroad use their nomination for a good deed and he decided to do the same. Feed the Deed has spread exponentially and into other countries, like the US and Mexico, with Stern estimating that more than 1,000 good deeds were recorded in only a couple of weeks.#FeedTheDeed videos are being tagged and posted on a Facebook Page run by Kindness Counts, a foundation run by Russell Citron and other university students along with high school leaders since 2012.(WATCH a Feed the Deed moment by a random Canadian)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Leon Silver, London I read the articles by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff and Adam Makepeace with interest (see  Gazette, 11 March, 12). I was formerly a sole practitioner for over 20 years, involved in mental health work all that time. I have been working with Duncan Lewis as a freelance consultant mental health solicitor for two years. Practitioners are not to blame for the increasing demands and constraints of legal aid practice. These are politically driven. All of us are trying in our different ways to make it work. I suggest that the issue we now need to press, following the transformation of the LSC into an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, is that pointed to by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. PAC chairman Edward Leigh MP noted that the LSC lacked the basic information about the costs and profitability of law firms which would enable it to know whether it had set its fees at an appropriate level. We cannot allow the MoJ to continue to operate in wilful ignorance of financial realities – and we need to make sure our legislators remain conscious of these, as well as of underlying legal, social and political imperatives.
Peter Barker is managing director of BIM Academy, which was founded by Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture in 2010 as a centre of excellence to support industry through consultancy, education and research and development.Among its achievements, it has given graduates a head start in developing their skills before moving to sought-after jobs in industry, including FIFA World Cup 2022, Laing O’Rourke, RTKL and Turner and Townsend. BIM Academy has also built a reputation for authoritative and impartial advice on BIM strategy and implementation for clients such as Quintain, NBS, WRAP and Newcastle and Cambridge Universities, as well as clients in Hong Kong and the Middle East.Peter was the architectural director at Ryder Architecture responsible for the early research and development of BIM within the practice from 2003. He has over 25 years’ practical experience in the design and delivery of projects in a number of sectors including education, healthcare, leisure and process engineering.