An adventurist and self-proclaimed do-gooder, who is bicycling from Berkeley to San Diego, will make a stop Friday in Venice to inspire others to do good.
Rob Greenfield, 27, said he was inspired to do this because he wants to see more good in the world. His journey started Oct. 14 and will end Oct. 30 in San Diego.
“I’ve always had a strong desire to see a happy, healthy word,” Greenfield said. “I want to lead by example, living a lifestyle for the community.”
Originally from Ashland, Wis., Greenfield traveled extensively in college and said the experience gave him a deep appreciation to protect the world. Along his coastal bicycle journey, which he dubbed the Do Good Tour, Greenfield said he will be doing some random acts of goodness, such has planting native wild flowers, picking trash on the beach and passing apples to random strangers.
For his stay in Venice, Greenfield will also be hosting a Stamp Stampede party where he and others will stamp messages onto currency to promote a movement started by Ben & Jerry’s founder, Ben Cohen. The Stamp Stampede is a movement to stop corporations from buying elections and influence by pouring money into political campaigns.
“The movement is to get money out of politics,” Greenfield said. “Corporations are spending so much money that it is squeezing out the average American voice.”
By stamping “#GetMoneyOut” messages onto currency, more people will be able to spread the message each time they spend money, he said. For each dollar bill that is stamped, an average of 900 people will see the message, Greenfield said.
The Stamp Stampede party is being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Venice Ale House, 2 Rose Ave. In addition to the stamp party, Greenfield will also host a two-mile do-good bike ride starting at 10 a.m. Sunday in Venice Beach, 1 Windward Ave.