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Navdeep’s sign holding!

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I decided to make a sign that says “Wanna Race?” The purpose is to get people to loosen up and be playful. Everyone has a competitive side to them, so I thought this sign would be a playful challenge, and get people to be interactive with a complete stranger. I wanted this challenge to be something unexpected and spontaneous at the same time.

Wanna Race??

My Experience

I originally thought that a few people would respond positively to my sign, and would actually race me. I thought that if a few people raced me, others around would follow the example and have the same response. However, this wasn’t really the case, a lot of people ignored me or told me that it was too cold. The people who did race me were all very friendly and at first were confused about what I was asking. I told some that I was really cold and others that it was for a school assignment. Every single person questioned me, instead of simply giving me a simple “Yes”. I thought that people would just do it spontaneously without really needing a long explanation. I guess people wanted an explanation because it’s human nature to question everything and ask why. It was really cold when I did my sign holding and a lot of people just wanted to get indoors ASAP, which could be another reason for the lack of responses. I originally wanted to look like a runner and not wear a winter coat, but it was way too cold. If I were to do this again, I would keep the same sign, but I would definitely do it on a warmer day and I would dress the part. I would also change locations, maybe move to Bay Street to see how the business people would respond and possibly U of T. This time I couldn’t stop smiling; I don’t know if that worked as an advantage or disadvantage. So next time, I would definitely try to be more serious!

Wanna Race? from navdeep sahota on Vimeo.

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Written by navsahota

January 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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  2. nice sign! if i saw that sign i’d definitely race you! its too bad no one else joined in!

    jprocee

    February 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

  3. I loved your idea, it had a great response and we got some good footage!

    agree I wish it had been warmer it would have been a lot better.

    Another Idea to think of it gender. What if a guy were to hold up a sign versus you holding the sign? Who’d you think would get the better response?

    Evin Lachance

    February 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

  4. Yeah that’s a good thought there Evin. It’s really cool how the police officers raced you lol!

    kylleses

    February 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

  5. That’s a really interesting question. I think if it was a guy holding a sign, he may get a better response. Girls would actually respond to him and other guys would may want to race him to show that they are better than him. I feel like guys are really competitive with other guys!

    Navdeep Sahota

    February 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm


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