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Lily Cole Makes the Impossible Possible

If Lily Cole had her way, you’d have no idea the 26-year-old British actress, model, activist and Cambridge graduate is the driving force behind Impossible, a new social network that encourages people to make each other’s wishes come true. But on Thursday evening, all eyes at Milk Studios were on Cole and Sean Lennon as they explained how even the impossible can be accomplished when everyone works together.

“I felt like it was maybe cheating a bit to use my profile as such,” Cole told Milk Made of the beginnings of Impossible, which launched in the UK in late 2013, and in the US this month. “But then again, I didn’t really have a choice, because when I started talking to people about the project it became obvious that Impossible is me. And I acknowledged that I could truly kindle the fire around it. But I still truly believe that the idea will work only if it stands on its own two legs.”

Impossible is a social giving network, website and app that connects users in an effort to make a difference in one another’s lives by exchanging services free of charge. Post a wish on Impossible.com, and if another person can grant that wish through their knowledge, skills, services or goods then they will. It really is that simple: Make a wish, Take a wish. Say thank you. The examples already on the site show that people are sharing everything from friendship, motivation and self esteem—priceless support that is especially important at a time when many feel trapped because of financial strains.

“I wish to dig in someone’s garden. I wish to learn how to grow my own food. I wish to learn the language of the leaves.”

“I wish I #could give #someone a #free #kitten. We have a bunch that need homes.”

“Wish I #could #help all the #lonely #people who just need a friend and someone to listen when they need to talk or just meet them to make them smile and feel loved I know what it’s like to feel alone.”

“What we’re doing with Impossible is not trying to get to Mars. It’s actually a really simple proposition,” Cole explains. “I see acts of kindness being done without the monetary incentive all the time. So I don’t think it’s that ridiculous of a feat, humans did exist before the economic structure, so I don’t see any reason why we have to live entirely within that structure.”

Sure, Cole totally gets the concept is rather idealistic, and at times it can be a continual fight with all the disempowering constructs society has built.

“But there is a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now!’," Cole recites. “Long before Impossible, I would use that quote to overcome obstacles or make dreams come true. I do deeply believe that if not anything is possible, then maybe anything is possible.”

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