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. 



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

The 21 Stages of Rejection

1) Immediately feel as though a lead bullet (c. 1846) has fallen down your esophagus and landed in the bottom of your stomach, where it will remain for the next three to four days.

2) Convince yourself that said imaginary bullet does not exist (in reality nor your imagination) and that you are, in fact, fine.

3) You are fine.

3.5) An arbitrary amount of time passes, during which you feel increasingly anxious. Time ranges anywhere from 9.8 seconds to several hours. (If symptoms persist for days, jump to step 20).

4) Concur that you are not, in fact, fine.

5) Convince yourself that you are not disappointed and that said event was really not that important.

6) Realize that you are lying to yourself.

7) Repent for your sins.

8) Re-commence convincing yourself that, as your conscience likes to say, “It wasn’t that big of a deal anyway.”

9) Repeat steps 1 through 8 as needed.

10) Brainstorm a list of myriad impossible goals to compensate for the rejection that surely stemmed from failure on your behalf.

11) Work on one item of said list.

12) Acknowledge that said goals are impossible to meet and that you constantly set yourself up for failure.

13) Reject above list of brainstormed goals.

14) Spiral into an Inception-like thought process characterized by lack of trust of own opinions.

15)                                  .    [Brain temporarily malfunctions]

16) Write about said experience on a word processor of any variety – pen and yellow legal pad may be utilized in special circumstances.

17) Reach into the caverns of brain-spiraling madness and withdraw a cobweb of hope.

18) Cling to said cobweb like Shelob on a hobbit.

19) Create one practical step for moving forward with life.

20) Move forward with life.

21) Go to hospital for lead poisoning.