The Karma Experiment - A social media mission to help others

By
Real Estate Agent with Owner of ActiveRain Inc.

The Karma Experiment:  A community of giving that starts with one person giving something away for free in exchange for another person agreeing to do the same.

We all have stuff - most of us way too much of it.  Many of the things we own are too valuable to discard.  For me I have been hoarding items that could bring real joy to others in my life, my community, or maybe to pure strangers because I haven't wanted to let go.


For the next 30 days I am going to give away things that are valuable to me.  Some of the items had a high price tag and some just have some sentimental value to me.  Either way I am going to give away at least one item a day for a month.  Here is where my idea started to grow.  I am going to offer these items for free on a fan page - facebook.com/karmaexperiment (Karma Experiment).  If you would like one of the items you just have to agree to give something else away on the fan page at the same time.


The rules of the Karma Experiment are listed below.

  1. No money can exchange hands.
  2. Any costs to ship must be covered by the giver or the item must be picked up locally.
  3. Before that item can be delivered the receiver must post a free item back on our Facebook page.
  4. Receivers must post a link on the their Facebook wall directing their own friends back to the page.
  5. All items must include a photo posted to our wall of the actual item being given away.
  6. No junk or Naughty items allowed.


I hope to always be a student of generosity and charity.  There are a few ways that you can help the project -

  1.  Simply click "like" on the fan page - Karma Experiment Fan Page
  2.  Promote the idea and link to the page in your blogs, facebook, or on twitter Example: Ben Kinney
  3.  Come claim some of my valuable stuff
  4.  Decide to donate items now on the fan page -Karma Experiment and experience the feeling of giving

Thanks for your support -  See you at the next Raincamp!!

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Comments (51)

Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Ben, 

LOVE this idea.  We are moving my home office and are clearing out a ton of items.  Am working on my contributions.  Know we have a lot of paintings and other stuff in the rooms we would love to have someone else enjoy. 

Can't wait to meet you at Atlanta RainCamp next week!

All the best, Michelle

Nov 29, 2010 11:27 AM
Justin Dibbs
Pearson Smith Realty - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

What a great idea!  Heading over to check out your page right now.  Just in time for the holidays :-)

Nov 29, 2010 11:46 AM
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference

What an inspiring post!!!!! Thank you for sharing

Nov 29, 2010 12:36 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
Ben listening to you live ! It's a great project !!!! We did coats for kids yesterday, but I'll. Look at the challenge !!!
Nov 30, 2010 05:46 AM
Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966

Interesting. You might also want to extend it to giving away items to people outside of the online community. Thanks

Nov 30, 2010 05:47 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

At first I thought you said Dharma Experiment -- I guess I'm too much of a LOST fan.  This is a great idea, and there are some children's books that I've had for year (my little darling is 23 now, not really into the FIND SPOT books anymore). 

Nov 30, 2010 06:15 AM
Steve Capen
Keller Williams Realty - Saint Petersburg, FL

Awesome!!

Nov 30, 2010 07:11 AM
Steve Capen
Keller Williams Realty - Saint Petersburg, FL

Awesome!!

Nov 30, 2010 07:13 AM
Steve Capen
Keller Williams Realty - Saint Petersburg, FL

Awesome!!

Nov 30, 2010 07:13 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Great idea. I will pop overthere and take a look. I'd love to find something like a Kindle or eReader. I'm sure I have something to put in there.

Nov 30, 2010 09:23 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Ben: This is a very cool idea. You are a good man!

Nov 30, 2010 10:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ben..What a fabulous idea! Good Karma for sure .

i Enjoyed your presentation today at RainCamp!

HelpfulHannah

Nov 30, 2010 10:34 AM
George Fanucci
CoreFact.com - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Pay it forward!

 

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Nov 30, 2010 11:50 AM
Christianne O'Malley
Dickson Realty - Reno, NV
Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno!

Ben - This is a super cool idea and I already checked out the FB page. I have been giving away a box or two per week for the last two months for things we have that I know we don't need or use anymore in an effort to help our local thrift and community. I'll go through what is in this weeks' boxes and see if I can contribute anything in the next day or so!

Nov 30, 2010 01:50 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

What a great concept! I just love it Ben, just like you to do such a generous thing! Thanks!

Nov 30, 2010 03:40 PM
Bea Lueck
Coldwell Banker Rox Realty - Casa Grande, AZ

I can't wait to get my print!  Still up for grabs - a very large dichroic glass plate

Nov 30, 2010 04:28 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Loved hearing about this and all the other wonderful tips you shared yesterday at ACTIVE RAIN CAMP PHILADELPHIA

Nov 30, 2010 11:47 PM
Ben Kinney
Owner of ActiveRain Inc. - Seattle, WA

Thanks for all of your thoughts and ideas!  I am excited to have you all so willing to generously give things to those we do not know :0)

I am excited to see how big this can grow this month!  More to come my AR friends! 

See you all at the new Raincamps!!!

Ben Kinney

Dec 01, 2010 12:13 PM
Kimberley Rosenstein
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Superior Service

Is the Karma experiment still going strong?

 

Sep 25, 2011 04:42 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'd like to see this challenge back.

Or something like this in this community.

Jun 19, 2015 05:25 PM