The callout below is from the “About” section of this site, but I figured it was a good starting point on describing what KarmaKaia is:

My name is Rich and I’m just a guy. Well, that’s not quite right. I’m just a guy who wants to help make the world a little better.

Like so many others, I’ve found myself spending far more time surfing social media than I care to admit. It seemed like the vast majority of posts (other than the cute kids or pets), however, were memes and complaints from people about all the things wrong with the world: Politicians, animal cruelty, poverty, environmental degradation, etc…

Don’t get me wrong, we all complain. Complaining is normal. It can be cathartic…but it doesn’t actually do anything to address the underlying problems that we’re complaining about. We read a friend’s complaint. We “like” our friend’s complaint. We get worked up over the complaint and post our own complaint. Move on to the next post/meme. Rinse. Repeat.

What if we could harness the energy that we already spend posting to make a difference? What if we posted stories of people who were making our world better (even in a small way)? What if we read more stories of people buying coffee for the person behind them in line starting a “pay-it-forward” chain, or about people turning vacant lots into urban gardens, or the 8 year old girl who started a charity to provide food and shelter to the homeless population in her country?

That would be a start…but who would see our posts? Just our friends?

What if we broke down the walls of the silo that is our circle of friends on our favorite social media sites and posted those stories in a common place where everyone can see them? A place where a young woman finds inspiration to gather her friends to clean up the park down the street or perhaps someone else thinks “hey if a 4 year old can start a lemonade stand that has evolved to raise over $150 million towards research to cure cancer, perhaps I can organize a local coat drive for those in need right in my town”.  A place where people with a common interest in making the world around them a little bit better can discuss ways to do just that, a place where they can collaborate and turn those conversations into action.

KarmaKaia was built to be that place. So, look around you. Look for those who make your corner of the world better and tell us about them. Tell us…so that maybe, just maybe, their actions will inspire others to do the same…actions rippling outward…

At a basic level, KarmaKaia is a community to connect like-minded (and not so like-minded) people who want to help those around them.  More importantly though, KarmaKaia is a platform that can be used to harness that goodwill of generous, caring people and turn it into results.

While very important to living a satisfying life, merely being kind isn’t enough to effect real change in the world around us.  Let’s be honest with each other: one person buying a stranger a coffee may make that stranger’s day, but it isn’t going to put a dent in defeating hunger or some of the larger problems facing the world.  In addition to inspiration, meaningful change needs coordination and collaboration.  It needs resources: time, ideas, and money.

All of us have something we can offer in service to the world in which we all live: some may not have the time, but have great ideas.  Others may not have money – but have the time to roll up their sleeves and pitch in.  Still others may have the financial resources to make a difference but remain unsure as to how it can be allocated to make the most impact.  Individually, these people may really want to make a difference in the world, but have trouble finding the traction that will yield their desired impact. Together, however, they can truly be a force for good.

The goal for KarmaKaia, once fully developed, is simply to facilitate and harness crowdsourced philanthropy.  The projects we tackle and problems we solve will be up to our members.  We’ll pull ideas and solutions from the collective input provided by member engagement, and, at certain times, we’ll provide opportunities for members to roll up their sleeves and actively participate in projects.

Each stage of site and organizational development will be funded by user contributions and sponsorships.  I really hope you decide to join and help build this community together “brick-by-brick”.  How may you participate, you ask?  Please tell us your story!  Or perhaps share some stories to your social media platform of choice.  If you wish to contribute financially, please become a patron.  If you think you can help in another way, let us know!  In the meantime, while we build out more interactive site functionality, feel free to visit our facebook page for more content and opportunities to meet new people.  ‘See’ you around.

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