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Misha Collins

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Transcript of Misha Collins

Published Poet
Random Acts
1998-Present day
I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.

Inspirational?
Acting
Charity Work...
Misha Collins began his acting career on a TV series called "Legacy", 1998. Collins mostly plays parts on television instead of films. He is primarily famous for his role on a hit show called "Supernatural" where he plays one of the main characters, Castiel.
Some Films/TV series:
Legacy
Charmed
24
CSI
ER
Karla
Monk
Supernatural
Loot
Stonehenge Apocalypse
Ringer
Misha Collins is the co-founder of the Random Acts (Minion Stimulus originally). "Random Acts is a non-profit organization that is aiming to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time." With Misha's prompting, the minions raised over $30,000 to help UNICEF's aid efforts in Haiti. In mid-2010, the Minion Stimulus morphed into Random Acts. On August 21, 2010, Misha launched the website,
$1.25
Friday, November 7, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Background information
The Road so Far...
GISHWHES
...more charity work!
Misha Dmitri Tippens Kruschnic was born on the 20th August 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Collins is actually his stage name. It was his great grandmothers maiden name.
He was raised in an irreligious family. He studied social theory at the University of Chicago.
Collins is currently an actor (since 1998) and a director. Misha was an intern in the White House for 4/6 months before starting his acting career.
He married Victoria Vantoch in 2001. They have two children, West Anaximander Collins and Maison Marie Collins.
GISHWHES is an annual week-long media scavenger hunt competition founded by Misha Collins.
Who is he?
This guy...
YES!!!
Collins' poems "Baby Pants" and "Old Bones" were both published in the 2008 edition of the Columbia Poetry Review #21.
This may be the end of the presentation...
...but hopefully it's not the end of Misha Collins' work.
The competition holds a world record for being the largest media scavenger hunt ever to take place
According to Collins, the primary reason for developing the competition was that he "loved the idea of thousands of people from all over the world connecting to create incredible things". He hoped to use GISHWHES to encourage participants "to do good in the world".
Do a stealth act of kindness for someone in public or at work like leaving a flower on their windshield, or a “kindness note” at their desk, etc.
The items list varies from “non sensical things to sweet deeds”
Examples are:
Skydive while holding up a sign that imbeds GISHWHES in a phrase
Get His Serene Highness Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstien to endorse your team
"GISHWHES Hugs the World!" We are going to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of people hugging.
Dance in the middle of a boring school class while your friend beat-boxes. Detention lasts an hour, the memory, a lifetime.
Russian courts have recently imposed a 100-year ban on Gay Pride parades. Take a photo of two people of the same sex kissing in front of a Red Square landmark
Misha Collins
Conclusion
How is Misha Collins inspirational? In many different ways!
This is the last one, we swear.
His organisation, Random Acts encourages people to perform acts of kindness randomly. He highlights the importance of giving, sharing and compassion. Even just giving a hug can make a difference to somebody.
GISHWHES gets you involved with your community. You meet new friends from all over the world, maybe learn something new. It's a diverse, creative and crazy experience but most importantly, you're having fun! Through his fame and popularity, he encourages his fans to "attack things that seem impossible and then accomplish them; and sort of shattering the boundaries of what we think is possible"
What he emphasises most on is that being unique - whether you're into maths or if you like drinking flat coke - that's ok! Even better. We should accept one another and treat everybody equally. We should put an end to normalcy and welcome weirdness.

"I want to live in a world where 'normal' is an insult"
with a self made video explaining the organization's mission.
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