Give A Damn Dating (GADD), a social enterprise that seeks to connect single people who ‘give a damn’ – (i.e. are socially conscious, with an interest in e.g. ethics, sustainability, climate change, impact investing) is launching in London on 23rd January.
GADD combines the experience of socially conscious events with dating, and will hold events such as documentary screenings, themed dinner parties, bike rides, and art exhibits. Borne of frustration with online dating platforms and apps such as Tinder, GADD aims to provide the opportunity for single people with shared values to meet in a non-dating focussed context. Millennials/Generation Y are looking for something real, the mainstream have taken to online dating, now it’s time to get back to basics. GADD will allow people to meet in real life through their interests and passions, rather than superficial and craftily engineered online profiles.
Co-Founders, Hannah Leach, 28, and Phillippa Banister, 29, from London, met whilst volunteering for LONDON+Acumen, the London volunteer-led chapter of Acumen, a non-profit that invests philanthropic capital in companies, leaders, and ideas in low- income communities. Both were impressed and inspired by the networking, relationships and even dates that came out of these sustainable development- focused events with like-minded people. Having suffered annoyances with the London dating scene – awful dates with forced conversations, and cringe-worthy speed dating nights, they were motivated to set up GADD.
‘People are most attractive when they’re talking about things they’re passionate about – we’ve got to think about celebrating interests and passions, focus on who people really are, instead of judging people through social hierarchies’
GADD kicks off on Friday 23rd January, with a launch party set in London, 2040. They promise a few surprises but what is certain is that people will find themselves caught in a room with plenty of witty, resourceful, interesting single men and women!
They have big plans for 2015 – with a roster of events planned for the year, partnerships to explore, and demand shown from cities around the world, including NYC, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
Join GADD for their launch here.