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The Embassy of Kindness (theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. Kanesan Nathan (legojacker) and Amal Bleed (toffyinc) led a photo walk around the city, documenting what kindness looked like with fellow, local Instagrammers. Then, they started talking to strangers. “Our very first portrait of kindness was a man called Philip. He was kind but he was skeptical about the power of kindness to change the world,” explains Kanesan. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘Challenge accepted.’” Today, through their portraiture and captions, The Embassy of Kindness seeks to exemplify how kindness can connect us all. “Any act, no matter how big or small, has the power to change a person’s life in a profound way,” says Amal. “It’s about celebrating our shared humanity.” For this Worldwide InstaMeet (WWIM15❤), Kanesan will lead an event from Canberra, where he now lives, at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Amal will host from Melbourne’s city center. Both InstaMeets encourage participants to start conversations about kindness and create portraits that have become the basis for The Embassy’s photo project. theembassyofkindness photos by toffyinc and legojacker

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“Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. One of those dreams has been to simply spread some good ol’ positivity. It’s been a blessing to spread it around online. I found an awesome community of people who have the same dad-joke humor, same positive morals and appreciation for laughter. That’s a community I’m down to chill with. If I could take my 10.4 million followers out for pizza, I would ... (as long as one of them paid for it). **Three more things I’m grateful for:** 🙌 daviddobrik. My boyfriend, who’s a pretty cute inspiration of mine. He is the most positive, kind and cute (did I say that yet?) human being. You can follow him ... but he has a girlfriend. 🙌 humansofny is incredibly real. It makes me tear up, and crack up. Anyone can appreciate how they spread stories, spread insight and spread kindness. 🙌 charitywater puts a face to such an important cause. Giving and helping where you’re able to see the impact made across the world. It’s freaking beautiful. If you could give a 🙌 to three Instagram accounts who support or inspire you, who would they be? Post using 🙌🙌🙌 for a chance to be featured on Instagram.

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Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness. The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers will come together for Worldwide InstaMeet 15. Join an InstaMeet near you — or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend. As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video. We also have developed a new, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. Check out instagram-together.com for more information. Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started. Kevin Systrom Co-founder & CEO

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Hello, world! Today’s WeeklyFluff is Marry (hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails from Thailand. Marry enjoys napping, playing around and, as you can see, the occasional joy ride. Follow hamstermarry to ensure you never miss out on an adventure.

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Photographer Daniella Zalcman (dzalcman) has her EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indigenous children across the United States, Canada and Australia were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools in an effort to assimilate them into western culture — and to strip away their own. Phyllis Kitching (pictured), an Aboriginal Australian, recalls her childhood to Daniella. “No one could ever understand what I experienced,” Phyllis says. “I can describe it and you might understand my words, but you'll never understand what I lost in that place.” Using portraits, artifacts, oral testimonies and composite images, Daniella explores the enduring legacy of these programs. “The story, at its core, is about memory and intergenerational trauma and how much that can affect not just a population and its cultural identity, but that of future generations as well,” she says. Explore more of Daniella’s work on our Instagram story. Photo of Phyllis Kitching by dzalcman

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While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between past, present and future.” WHPyoungatheart Photo by valleklau

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Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” WHPyoungatheart Photo by dvdprtto

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“We should all enjoy the simple things in life, whatever our age,” says Marcelo García Calviño (marchi3003), who brought his best friend veronarupes (whom he met through Instagram) to one of his favorite spots in Cabo de Home, Spain. “As soon as she saw that giant shell, she couldn’t resist the temptation to climb through as if she were a child again.” WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by marchi3003

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If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a WWIM15❤ event where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.” Watch our Instagram story right now to see more. Photo by notesofnomads

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A simple reminder from Turtle Williams (turtledove.a): You’re never too old to make a wish. WHPyoungatheart Photo by turtledove.a

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With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a 🌵party. WHPyoungatheart Photo by picturingjuj

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Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down by a playful wave. WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by thykopi

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March 20 marks Nowruz, the PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. For Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi (majidsaeedi), the 13-day holiday marks some of his sweetest childhood memories, like family gatherings around tasty meals and sweet treats, participating in traditional ceremonies and picnicking outside on the final day. “It is a family holiday and spending a while with my family is the best memory that I have from Nowruz,” he says. Photo by majidsaeedi

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Flying at more than 220 miles (354 kilometers) per hour, Amelie Windel (ams_w) has bigger things to worry about than a picture-perfect smile. “It’s a high-stress environment,” says 26-year-old Amelie, the youngest female aerobatic pilot in the UK. “One thing I want to change is how female athletes are perceived — or any female in a typically male-dominated world.” Amelie doesn’t buy into the expectation that she should always be smiling ear to ear; her focus is on overcoming everyday obstacles and, of course, her time in the sky. “Aerobatics is ultimate 3-D freedom,” she says. “In a modern-day world, many women still face hardships due to their gender and feel like they can’t be themselves in day-to-day life. But when I’m in that cockpit, it’s just me. I’m completely in charge of what I’m doing.” Check out our Instagram story to see more from Amelie in the sky. ✈️ This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Video by ams_w

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Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share. After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner. You’ll only be able to save your video — not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app. We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment. This is just the first of many improvements we’ll be making to live videos this year. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.12 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation director and writer Sean Charmatz (sean_charmatz) breathes life into everyday sights. “The idea is that if you look close enough and take a moment to observe, you will see all of this,” says Sean. “To me, there is magic in seeing a story that was already happening between objects. I feel the magic, so believe others will too.” Growing up, Sean, now 36, was drawn to the characters and letters of graffiti in big cities like San Francisco and New York. Today, his work as an animation director and writer allows him to tap into that childhood joy and share it with others. “It means a lot to me that people enjoy the work and that it has changed the way they look at the world,” he says. “I want my account to be a place where everyone can feel creative and be inspired.” Photo by sean_charmatz

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A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi Kikuchi’s (hidetoshi_kikuchi) attention — and his drone, theirs. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by hidetoshi_kikuchi

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“I want to be an artist who builds confidence in my viewers and makes them feel a little less alone,” says Grace Miceli (artbabygirl), who lives in New York City. “Someone who helps us to understand each other and ourselves. These animations are meant to explore the complicated space a young woman inhabits, where the objects and experiences that are pushed upon you are simultaneously looked down upon by the world around you.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by petrafcollins and bellhoox. Their upcoming event PopRallyxPetra at themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by artbabygirl

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“From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” says Madelyne Beckles (bellhoox), an artist who lives in Montreal. “It will always make work stronger and ideas come off more potent when there are different people involved working towards the same vision or goal. Also, to be real: you can’t do everything yourself! petrafcollins and I met in grade nine and clicked right away. We’ve both evolved into different artists but love working together because we are such great friends and our difference lends itself well to each other’s practices.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by petrafcollins and bellhoox. Their upcoming event PopRallyxPetra at themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by bellhoox

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“My art practice is born out of working on my bedroom floor with whatever resources are accessible,” says Aleia Murawski (aleia), an artist who lives in Chicago. “My art has been shown mostly within DIY women-led art spaces and projects. It is a much different framework than the art world I studied in school. It is less about economy and more about forming relationships with other artists. I see this more and more: young artists starting projects to promote one another, to lift each other up and to create safe spaces and opportunities for each other.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by petrafcollins and bellhoox. Their upcoming event PopRallyxPetra at themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by aleia

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