500,000 Strangers’ Secrets: PostSecret Founder Frank Warren at TED
Cracking open the shell of the human condition.
By Maria Popova
A friend once told me she believed secrets were these beautiful things that “break” when shared. But the breakage itself can be a thing of beauty.
Since January 1, 2005, strangers have been writing, drawing, collaging, doodling, and otherwise revealing their most tightly guarded secrets on anonymous postcards and mailing them to Frank Warren’s PostSecret project. Last month, Warren took the TED stage to share the remarkable story of this collective exercise in compassion and crack open the shell of the human condition.
Secrets can take many forms. They can be shocking or silly or soulful. They can connect us with our deepest humanity, or with people we’ll never meet.”
The project has since been adapted in a series of books, dancing in visceral detail across the entire spectrum of being human.
Published April 10, 2012