More windows, less darkness.
Will you give today?
Every penny will help.
“This group gives me hope in our world… I love you for starting this group and hope it will last forever… I will do my part to support… We are One People 💗”Cindy, USA
What do you see from your window? Fundraiser 2020
If you’re a member of our Group, you already know its great value and why your help is important to keep it going. We have had open discussions on the Group about its future, which resulted — following overwhelming positive feedback of members — in this Crowdfunding Campaign.
Numerous members have expressed their wish for the Group to remain active for a long time. I really am doing my very best here, with what I can, while I can, until I can know better. I know that you too, are doing the same.
We know that you have been enjoying our unique Group, and appreciate the service efforts that the Moderation team has been making. We need your help to keep our Community available to you. If you would like to see the Group survive and to keep enjoying our service, please help us with your donation of any amount. Fill in the donation form and show your #support ❤️
“Arik, this site is amazing and it got all of us through a very trying and difficult time. Please do not close this site! It kept me and my husband sane! … Will support you and your team however I can.”
Our International Admin Team
“Wow! … I had no idea how much goes into this group. Your work is appreciated. Thank you… ”
We’re an Inspiring Global Community
We’re a great Group of over a half-million members connecting from 165 countries, sharing the wonderful things that we see from our windows. In this way, we are providing personal windows to our worlds, and to our hearts.
The experience of seeing these pictures from all over the world makes us realize how beautiful our earth is, and how much we all share as human beings.
“… Arik, what you have done here is an incredible thing – uniting people across the world and creating the facility to see the incredible, dramatic, beautiful and calming views that people have from their homes. This page is addictive in the best possible way and is doing so much to promote togetherness and restfulness…”
Max, United Kingdom
Our Community is a Unique Demonstration of Peace and Coexistence
Since our Group’s creation, we have been setting an example of the peaceful and positive way we can maintain an international, cross-cultural community, with respect, friendship, solidarity, compassion and love. We make a difference!
“This site has been both an inspiration and a respite… It has been uplifting to see the words of love and friendship, of sympathy and encouragement, of faith and hope, shared with those we know only through this medium. It restores a faith in goodness, a hope for unity, and an aspiration toward peace. Thank you… all.”
Uniting the World with Love
Instead of putting emphasis on our differences, which often turns into hate, we have been sharing our connections worldwide, which turns into love. And it works! ❤️
For us in the Group, a window is an opportunity to look through a transparent opening and see what is on the other side, in the hearts and souls of our fellows. Our windows help us to understand each other.
“This is a wonderful idea. You are bringing the world together in adversity.”
“It gave me goose bumps! Thank you Arik for such a wonderful idea to unite people all over the world. It give us hope that not everything, or everyone is bad in this great world where we hear bad news everyday! Thank you”
“I continue to be humbled & amazed at just how wonderful so many people are, all around the world. I feel like you all are just friends I haven’t met yet.”
“This group is so inspiring and brings people together.”
“… It is so awesome to see other’s views from around the world… It reminds us that although we are all different we are all the same…Gives us all a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes.“
We have traveled together to all Corners of the World
The Group is not only wonderful in conveying positive vibrations, but is also a great way to enjoy a virtual trip around the world. Through the Group and the beautiful sights that members share, we get to travel extensively, from the comfort of our homes, while we #StaySafe.
“Much love to you Arik. I feel like I have traveled the world the last few months, met some amazing beautiful people and even got friends with them.”
“… I’m loving feeling like I am getting a world tour each day”
Amanda, United Kingdom
“This group has been a blessing… It’s been a window to the world, for all of us.”
“This group has been such a blessing! I’ve traveled the world without leaving home. I’m more than willing to donate regularly to help. Bless you for providing this amazing beacon of light in such a dark time. ❤️”
Our Community Spreads Joy, Comfort and Hope
Our Group is a source of happiness to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Our members make others smile and offer acts of kindness, daily.
“Thank you Arik ❤️. Let’s keep this loving spirits going”
“What a fabulous page! I’m literally getting relaxed and happy looking at this!”
“Amazng achievement! Arik, you are a special human being and we are all indebted to you for this magical space you have created and which we all love and enjoy so very much! Huge congratulations! “
Natalie, South Africa
“Thank you! This group allows a global connection like no other. I just shared and commented that scrolling this group lowers my Blood Pressure💕.”
Our community offers solace and comfort to those in challenging situations
Members in our Group suffering sadness, illness or bereavement, find compassion from fellow members around the world. If people take comfort from this, it is a beautiful part of our Group experience.
“This site seems to give some solace to folks suffering their own illness, or loss or illness of those near and dear, and if this site gives some peace or comfort, it is a known good.”
We are always Positive and Optimistic
The Group’s environment is welcoming. When we can’t say something positive, we don’t say nothing at all. No arguments, no controversies. We keep it kind, safe & positive.
“Thank you for sharing your optimistic point of view… it allows us to connect to so many points of view through window’s pictures. Great group.”
“All your positive pictures and comments will be my prayers. I’m happy with my friends in this positive group.”
“And it’s so nice because no one comments with anything negative, only positive. It warms my heart.”
Free of Politics
A unique element of our Group is that it is free of politics. The Group’s values relate to all of us, regardless of our political views. These views are important too, but there are other good places to share them. In our Group, it’s just not the place.
Our priority is keeping the space kind and positive, and it works!
“I’m very political, opinionated and make my opinions known all over the place. It would never occur to me to do this here, I love getting away from all that and be reminded that we are all human beings with the same desire to be happy and safe.”
“This is a fantastic service that unites people of the entire world in a way I have NEVER seen before. No politics or agendas. Just peaceful mutual respect. I am enjoying seeing and reading about people all over the USA and the world. Thank you very much.”
We are Advocates for Earth and Nature
Protecting our Planet starts with us, and in our Community we do our part to a great extent. Our members continuously and consistently share sunsets, rainbows, forests, wildlife, and so much more of our beautiful Earth. In doing so, we reaffirm the need to protect our amazing Planet, as well as make a contribution to the effort.
“This group is a life line. Thank you to the founder and administrators! It is heart warming to see the support and beauty shared so lovingly from all over this beautiful planet we share.”
“If climate change threatens us all, so many photos including sunsets show nature proclaiming why we need to fight for the planet.“
“Stay safe and enjoy the positivity of this group as we share the beauty of our planet!!”
“Our globe is beautiful! It’s been nice re-exploring of the beauty of our shared planet.“
I’ve never noticed gender when I look at Group members posts. Our community puts emphasis on the things we share, rather than on our differences. We’re passionate about the good of all people, and indeed we have proven to be a Group of good-hearted individuals.
It’s still interesting to know, that my Admin account on Facebook revealed an amazing fact that is of value to share. Approximately 85% of our members are women!
Along with its various attributes, our Group has been an awesome demonstration of Girl Power. It’s an inspiring celebration of the confidence, peacefulness, compassion and strength of women, from all over the world.
“I love your reflection. Women leaders have responded well to this pandemic…”
Jane, United Kingdom
“Girl power is something we need to wield with great love and wisdom.”
It might be the Best Facebook Group ever!
Well, we like to be modest about such statements, but we do get flattered when members compliment us in this way!
“Thank you for creating the best group in Facebook history!”
“I don’t know who started this group but it’s the best group I’ve ever been in.”
“I would make a donation-this is the greatest site ever”
“The most beautiful experience I have had on social media. Not one negative. Only beauty, joy, and laughter. Thank you so much for the spiritual boost.”
Members want the Group to continue
Well, that’s very flattering too! When members express their wish to maintain the Group and see it grow so strongly, it’s the greatest compliment the Moderation team could receive for their service.
“I would be devastated if I opened up fb and discovered ‘What do you see from your window’ was gone.”
“I think everyone here is in agreement that we want this site to remain forever, not just for a set time. ”
“Thank you for your creativity. Hope this will still continue after the pandemic…”Marimon, Netherlands
“I would gladly donate to help keep this amazing group alive!… Love and thank you”
To make all this happen, hard work, time, dedication, service and money are required. We need your help to keep it going.
Running this project is a very demanding task. Together with the good vibes our Group carries and the enormous involvement of members, and to keep it loyal to its loving nature, our Project also needs to survive. To keep our service continuing, developing, and flourishing, we need your support.
When members look at the Group’s feed, it may appear that things are hunky-dory, but in reality there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you don’t see, with many different responsibilities being administered round-the-clock, 24 hours a day.
The level, quality, success and innovation of our Group is a result of our Team’s dedicated service of management, development and moderation. The project requires an enormous amount of effort. We are continuously growing, with more and more posts being submitted daily, and this makes our service workload even more intense.
“… having administered other groups before, I know the enormous amount of time it needs to do this, and I absolutely appreciate it. So, just don’t be shy, let us know what we can do to let this beautiful place continue to be there for our joy, comfort and pleasure.”
“Thank you for creating this page. I appreciate all of the time you must be sacrificing for this.”
“My only suggestion would be to make sure to at least crowdfund before you get burnt out on the project – don’t wait until you’re too exhausted. Love this page!!”
Meet the International Team who Provides Service for this Project
Together with me, there are other people on our Admin and Development team, behind the scenes, that you may be less familiar with. These are talented professionals that I have employed, who have provided the service that this overwhelming project requires.
It is the continuous effort of our team, together with your great participation, that maintains our Group’s loving nature. To make this Project continue, it may require hiring more people to provide service. You are welcome to meet our Crew on this page.
“… your team should hold yourselves proud with your accomplishment of bringing so much joy, beauty, and support to people around the world. that you have beaten back the despair of Covid with community. Bravo! … would be happy to make a donation to keep your site going for some time longer.”
The Story of the Group’s Creation, at the beginning of Lockdown
I live in Portugal. In regular times, I work as a guide of walking tours in Lisbon. On March 16, 2020, due to the epidemic, my daughter’s kindergarten closed and Lockdown began.
My flat in Lisbon is on the top floor of an apartment building. From my window I usually see a clear blue sky, white clouds, red tiled roofs and colorful houses. It’s a classic Lisbon view. During the following days of staying at home and staring at the view from my window, I realized that this would probably be what I’d be looking at for a considerable period of time.
During those first days of staying at home, when I looked out my window into the street, and on the short walks that I made outside, I felt that the awareness of the importance of staying at home could, and should be much higher. Also, following conversations with my family and friends around the world, I felt that #StayAtHome was an important message also on an international level. Out of the desire to promote the #StayAtHome message, the idea of the Group was born.
Like me, I thought, so many people were required to stay inside, from all over the world. Every person enjoyed a special viewpoint from their window, and was also confined to it. It was possible to change that, even from home. A group where members would share what they see out of their windows would be a way to bring together people who were obliged to stay in their homes. It would also be good way to “travel” to other places around the globe, in a reality that doesn’t allow that, and enjoy pleasant times in a complex period. On top of that, it would be a good tool to raise awareness about the importance of the #StayAtHome message.
I created our Group on 21-March-20. Through our activity, we have been spreading the #StayAtHome message everywhere, and we stayed at home!
Since then, many countries have already entered or will hopefully soon enter, an opening phase. As the situation in the world is thankfully getting better, we also keep our hashtags current. #OpeningUp #StaySafe.
To those of you who still must #StayAtHome, stay strong, we stay together. 😘
“I don’t feel so alone anymore. Seeing all the pictures from around the world made me feel proud not so scared. I am very frightened and hope this will help take my mind off the awful virus.”
How did Crowdfunding become part of our Project?
Since the early days of this Group, some members suggested fundraising and donations. For me, it has been very difficult to accept these ideas, for a very long time. I have never asked for a donation in my life. Fundraising has been very hard for me to embrace.
Unlike business and online marketing, with which I have good experience, in fundraising for donations I have zero experience. I have vowed to myself to check every other monetization path before considering fundraising for this Group. If all my attempts failed, then I would return to consider this option. Maybe I just felt too proud to consider crowdfunding.
I vowed to myself to check every other monetization path for this Project, before considering fundraising, and I did. I went to great lengths to investigate other avenues. After a few months of sincere (yet still gentle) monetization attempts (including the Group’s shop), I got to the point that I didn’t have any other cards up my sleeve. There’s also a limit to the amount of commercial content that can be put into a private Group like ours, without spoiling the whole atmosphere.
“I think that a fundraising would not bother anyone, certainly many would make donations. Or maybe even a monthly payment… Thank you Arik! Stay safe! 🙏💝”
On a post that I published on the Group (here), I approached the members, asking for their advice about the future of the Group. The response was overwhelming, with a huge amount of positive comments and reactions. On their comments, the members expressed how much our cause matters to them, and how much they truly care. Numerous members have expressed their wish for the Group to remain active for a long time. The comments strongly supported Fundraising, and I got convinced. This was the only option left. So, together with team, I implemented, on this page, your opportunity to donate
“I think really that you are allowed , sincerely, to propose donations. No shame. The group is unique. We are happy and proud and want the group to survive after Corona. It is not a Hutzpa it is logic.”Michael, Belgium
“please do consider crowdfunding… “
I’d be very happy to donate to keep this going. It is beyond money.
“Arik, Just let us know what we can do to help and we will all work together, as one, to make it happen.”
We’re a forward-moving Media Channel
Our Group, which was created in times of crisis, has surpassed the challenging days with success. During this intense period, I created an international and inspirational member-generated media channel community, which is stable and solid. I went to great lengths to ensure that we have a good service and management structure, together with an enormous and supportive audience. This media channel has a one-of-a-kind global voice and identity.
With all that in mind, the Project matured into one that deserves to be funded, and I hear the same from you, our members.
“Whatever we can do to support you… would be fine with me. Think of it as providing a service and I’d like to pay for it.”
“… Please change the way you see it. It’s others doing their part in a way that helps. ♥️ Love and thank you…”.
This year took us by surprise, wouldn’t you agree? I created this Group on March-21, at the beginning of Lockdown. The Group quickly went viral, in this viral world.
Since its creation, our Project has relied mainly on my personal out-of-pocket expense to pay for Group moderation, online development, and more. To help me, I hired professionals to join the Project’s International Admin Team. I am very grateful that we had some generous volunteers as well. The Team has been working tirelessly to keep the Group loyal to its loving nature.
Over four months later, we have been opening up our cities, and people have been going back to their daily responsibilities. Now, we can no longer rely on volunteers and self-funding. If you would like to see the Group survive and continue to flourish, there needs to be a sustainable way to maintain it.
I hope that Fundraiser 2020 will generate the funds necessary to maintain our Project until the end of this year. In the next few weeks, we will offer an overview of what has been going in the Project this year. In this way, we will have structure for the Fundraising plan that we will hopefully create for 2021.
Thank you for your support, involvement and encouragement
Every time that I feel a bit down or sad about the attempts to make this project last, then I then go back and read your overwhelming, loving comments. They fill my heart with joy and motivation again.
To see all of us, from far and wide, here, there, and everywhere, uniting together around these values and causes, has been amazing. Thank you!
Will you support us today? What do you see from your window?
With love, stay safe ❤️
Creator and Project Manager
“This group gives me hope in our world… I love you for starting this group and hope it will last forever… I will do my part to support… We are One People 💗”
What do you see from your window? Fundraiser 2020
“I would be happy to donate to keep this group going—we all know it is a lot of work but bringing so much beauty and understanding at a time when we need more.”
Our International Admin Team
“Wow! … I had no idea how much goes into this group. Your work is appreciated. Thank you… ”