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In her inimitable affirmative-action-hero style, Josie Long has been leading a group of comedians, writers and musicians on a brand new scheme: a hundred day mission to make everyone a little friendlier, stronger, fitter, wiser or just plain jollier.

One Hundred Days to Make Me a Better Person is an online project which launched on 1st Dec 2009 and runs until 10th March 2010. The premise is simple. Pick one thing to do that you can do once each day that will make your life better. Then do it. For one hundred days.

Like a cinema-verité, Why-Don’t-You advent calendar, over 840 initiates have signed up at, made a pledge and have been extremely busy documenting their efforts, sharing them with the world through the site, on Facebook and Twitter, building a wonderful online community of betterment. Over 85 sites have been set up devoted to chronicling this project.

Alongside some hugely inventive public pledges (‘kissing in front of a different London landmark,’ ‘a Facebook cull,’ ‘leaving post it notes in public,’ ‘jogging art,’) Josie has been talking to a  ‘new’ stranger each day, and pledging to write at least one new joke.

The Fence Collective’s The Pictish Trail has been penning one new song each day, and comic Sara Pascoe has been resurrect the art of letter writing. Darkly comic author Chris Killen is offering help to anyone who requests it and generally being a superhero; and musical stand-up and Peep-show star Isy Suttie is working on a special artwork to be auctioned on the 100th day.

The 100th day – 10 March 2010 – will be marked with a live event as part of London Word Festival. It will be a monumental celebration of betterment in a secret East London location. A top-drawer line up, with The Pictish Trail, Isy Suttie, Chris Killen, Alex Horne (via video), Sara Pascoe and more. There’ll be a museum of 100 days for all the wonderful creative work to be displayed, and all sorts of jiggery-pockery and with surprises in store for those attending who have participated.

The project has so far been featured in Wired Magazine, The Independent, on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio London.