Each sign holds both a powerful, yet sometimes painful, story.
Willie Baronet has been buying and collecting signs from homeless people on the street since 1993. Each sign contains a powerful message; sometimes they’re funny, and sometimes they’re tragic. Willie filmed a documentary in 2014 titled ‘Signs of Humanity’, which shared some of the stories behind those who are homeless and what we can do to make this world a better place.
Key Takeaways:[3:05] Why is Willie passionate about helping the homeless? [6:50] Why was Willie buying the signs off of homeless people? [8:45] Homeless people need real human connections. They need meaningful conversations. Unfortunately, most of the time they’re ignored. [13:25] Having lunch with a homeless person can drastically change your point of view about who they are. [18:30] The signs that someone creates is always very different. From the wording, to the lettering. These signs each hold a very powerful message to the world. [27:40] Willie and his crew shot a small documentary in 2014 about the homeless population. It was featured at the Dallas International Film Festival for the first time ever in May of 2016. [33:30] Willie still buys signs from people on the street. [33:50] Willie estimates he has bought between 1,200 to 1,300 signs. [41:10] Can art make a difference? Of course! [42:30] Willie is currently exploring ways on how he can introduce his work into schools. [47:25] Willie has been constantly learning throughout this journey.
Mentioned in This Episode: