My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Yesterday I realized that I had this modest, yet extremely eclectic, group of people in my personal network that I’ve collected over the years but have largely done nothing with. Everything from performance artists to computer geeks. Writers. Designers. Accountants. Professors. All of them have something important to give. And more importantly, all of them probably have something valuable to give to other members of my network, but they just don’t know each other.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of social networking and how we can use it for the greater good, as well as my own place in the social and professional world. And then it occurred to me… perhaps some of the best immediate good I can do is to help my friends and colleagues by actively hooking them up with others I know that they could help in some way, or that could help them. And so the Good Karma Project was born. I am offering up my network to everyone, and trying to find ways to connect people in beneficial ways. There’s nothing in this for me, other than the good feeling of affecting even a small bit of positive change for someone else. Some I won’t be able to help out very much; some won’t respond to my requests; a good handful will think that I’ve completely lost my mind. But a few will be happy to help or be helped. Those are the ones I’m counting on.
Wish me luck. And if you are looking for a particular skill/service or have one you can share with others, let me know. I’ll widen the circle to bring you in.