Hannah Brencher believes in the power of pen and paper, and has started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters.

Why you should listen

Hannah Brechner has always loved that her family communicates via handwritten letters. In October of 2010, she began writing love letters intended for strangers and tucking them away in libraries and cafes across New York City, for people to randomly discover. Soon, she offered on her blog HannahBrencher.com to write a letter to anyone who needed one. Over the next year, she mailed out more than 400 hand-penned letters. Today she runs The World Needs More Love Letters, a letter exchange dedicated to connecting strangers across the globe through the art of letter writing.

In addition, Brencher works as a copywriter and creative consultant, helping brands inject human touches into their communications plans.

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Great moments in letter writing

November 14, 2012

A letter — be it handwritten or typed — feels like an unpremeditated revelation, a glimpse into the writer’s subconscious. Letters are, also, often rooted to the place where they were written: a cozy armchair, a backyard hammock, the corner desk of a classroom, a train. It’s this physical and temporal presence that enables a […]

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Quotes from Hannah Brencher

I posed a kind of crazy promise to the Internet: that if you asked me for a hand-written letter, I would write you one, no questions asked.
Hannah Brencher
TED@New York • 1.1M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful
[To] sit down, pull out a piece of paper and think about someone the whole way through … is an art form that does not fall down to the Goliath of ‘get faster.’
Hannah Brencher
TED@New York • 1.1M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful
While other kids were BBM-ing their parents, I was literally waiting by the mailbox … to see how the weekend had gone.
Hannah Brencher
TED@New York • 1.1M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful