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With more than a million PostSecret books sold, two million social media followers and three million views of his standout TED talk, the PostSecret Phenomenon is bigger than ever. By turns thoughtful, funny, poignant and inspiring, this compendium of graphic haiku offers an intimate glimpse into both individual private lives and our shared humanity.
Over a decade ago, Frank Warren began a community art project that captured the popular imagination and became a worldwide obsession. He handed out postcards to strangers and left them in public places—asking people to share a secret they had never told anyone and mail them back to him anonymously. The idea went viral, and to this day people are still
Hundreds of thousands of these postcards are on exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington DC while PostSecret Live continues to tour campuses everywhere.
Mental wellness, leadership through vulnerability, stigma reduction, suicide prevention, consent, inclusion
Increased belonging, increased usage of campus support services, increased empathy and compassion on campus
On tour late 2017 and early 2018
About “the world’s most trusted stranger” Frank Warren
As the creator of PostSecret, Frank Warren has been recognized by Forbes as, one of the top five most influential people on the Internet. His award-winning project has served as home to over a million highly personal secrets mailed anonymously on postcards. The PostSecret website has become a phenomenon with more than 750 million views. It remains the largest advertisement-free blog in the world. All six PostSecret books have become New York Times bestsellers. Awarded both the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kristin Brookes Hope Center and Keynote Speaker of the Year by Campus Entertainment, Frank is most proud of the efforts put forth by the PostSecret community on behalf of suicide prevention, including a seven-figure donation to maintain 1-800-SUICIDE.
Frank has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, CNN, CBC, NPR, BBC and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight talking about the emotional live events and the postcard exhibits. When the current PostSecret exhibition closes at the Smithsonian two more will open this year at the ‘American Visionary Art Museum’ and the ‘Museum of Man’ in San Diego.
Frank has delivered keynote addresses around the world at colleges and universities, mental health conferences, SXSW, PopTech, The Kennedy Center and Ciudad de las Ideas. In 2016 he was invited to the White House to share what he has learned about our secret selves.
At times hilarious and heartbreaking, the secrets reflect complex issues of intimacy, stigma, meaning, humor, and desire. As an advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention, Frank’s masterful storytelling takes audiences on a singular journey both entertaining and enriching.
Frank killed it, he was fantastic. We received a ton of positive feedback, with more than a few comments that looked something like this: “Hey guys, you could have supplied some Kleenex to accompany this presentation! Incredibly moving! He was great to work with before and after the event. The presentation was exactly what we hoped for.
Frank’s talk was interesting, funny and poignant – bringing light to some very deep subject matter while also entertaining an audience of over 1500 people with diverse interests. I would love to have Frank speak again at future events.
Frank Warren brings tears of empathy to the SXSW crowd during his keynote address.
The event was AMAZING! It was so impactful and we really brought a lot of students together. It was everything I had imagined and more.