by Rachel Smith
Meet Keveen Gabet, the man who creates love carpets
The face behind the love carpets
Keveen Gabet’s dad was hoping he’d become a lawyer someday. Instead, this 28-year old CouchSurfer from France became a teacher, a poet, a photographer, a filmmaker, a ukelele player, and a maker of love carpets, amongst other things.
No matter which occupation, his mission is to spread love, encourage others to do the same, and connect people worldwide. It can be summed up in one word — Korakor –, which he created in reference to the French expression corps à corps.
“In French, corps à corps means ‘body to body’. It is a connection with life, others, oneself and all that makes our world. It is traveling to the heart of people to embrace diversity. It is seeking to co-create, collaborate and share as much as possible.”
Love carpets on sidewalks
While traveling the world, Kaveen practices Korakor through two of his projects: Spread Your Love and It’skool.
My mother warns me against bees and snakes and my father wishes I were a lawyer.
The idea behind Spread Your Love is to get people thinking about, and expressing, love. Part of it involves what he likes to call “love carpets” — drawing hearts on the sidewalk and encouraging strangers and passers-by to join in.
The It’skool project is a free and mobile classroom offering alternative, interactive education in remote areas.
CouchSurfing is an essential part of both. Currently, there are 5 love carpet actions being organized through our website. Instructors for the It’skool project are also being recruited from the CS community.
“I used to do these things alone, but now I share this experience with CouchSurfers. CS is a good way to find volunteers who are interested in integrating with the local population.”
Two girls help create a Love Carpet
Because it makes him happy
Keveen is currently going through the paperwork to make Korakor an official non-profit organization. It’s obvious, though, that he’d be spreading his love no matter what.
“Instead of getting a full time job, I’d rather do this. Because it makes me happy, and it’s my lifestyle.”
Want to find out more about Kaveen and Korakor?
Click here to see the making of a Love Carpet
Click here to visit the Korakor website
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