Hello, Harto!: How a Few YouTubers are Changing the Way We Do Good

If you haven’t heard of “My Drunk Kitchen”, I recommend you stop reading right here and watch this video pronto! It will bring a couple minutes of happy into your life. 

So, you got the funnies. Now let’s talk about Hannah Hart (aka that drunk person you just saw make a lot of puns). In April 2013, Hannah embarked on a tour called “Hello, Harto!” wherein she and her crew of three travel around the country to meet fans, shoot a travel show, and shoot “My Drunk Kitchen.” But this isn’t just any regular tour. The travel show is comedic, the MDK episodes are shot in the kitchens of fans, and here’s the kicker: every meet-up is a volunteer event at a local food bank. And that’s where the Harto team is revolutionizing the way we do good.

As I prepared my lunch earlier today, the voices of Minnesota Public Radio’s hosts on “The Current” expressed their frustration towards climate change. One host had just returned from listening to climate scientists discuss the current state of the climate – the conclusion was “not good,” of course (if you know what this info means and it is interesting to you, the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii recorded prolonged intervals of atmospheric Carbon levels at or exceeding 400 ppm for the first time this past April. Bad news for the climate). The host had asked if there was really anything anyone could do at this point, and the scientists basically said, “nope.” And to an extent, that’s true – the carbon we put in the atmosphere today will show its effects 200 years from now. But on the other hand, there are things we can do. And I would like to propose that the best thing we can do is to rethink the societal structures that keeps us polluting, producing, and consuming in ways that neither help each other nor the planet. Hannah Hart’s innovative volunteerism methods could be a jumping-off point for a model for environmental action.

This is turning into a wordy read, so instead of explaining Hannah Hart’s tour arrangement (and because the internet is AMAZING), watch this documentary she and her team just released. 

Ok so I’m going to finish this later but basically here’s the idea: Hannah Hart used her powers of being nice + having really great fans + a super awesome team to get a ton of people excited about volunteering, helping others, and doing good. 



An Excerpt from my First Script

At age 10, myself, my sister, and our friend Sarah decided that we would direct, choreograph, and produce a three-person version of The Lion King (Broadway edition, of course). Here is an excerpt from the script I wrote for this occasion:

SIMBA: I’m glad that’s over.

NALA: Yeah, my idea really worked.

SIMBA: Your idea? It was my idea!

(babble on and start to tackle each other. Roll into elephant graveyard Nala on top of Simba.)

NALA: Ha! Pinned ya again!

As you can see, this take on The Lion King was purely revolutionary. But actually, I wrote four drafts of this. FOUR! I don’t even write four drafts now. If this doesn’t reveal something about my personality, I don’t know what does….also the fact that I got to the end of the first act and then never wrote the second half. Hm??

people at stolaf


  • equally excited to hear that you listen to yo yo ma’s “goat rodeo” as they are to hear that you listen to beyoncé
  • generally good at not stealing things
  • unless we’re talking mugs from the caf 
  • on the whole, able to harmonize
  • confused about who came up with the word “moodle”
  • probably slightly cold