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So Excited! The Karma Seed LAUNCH is today! And I have MINE!

Overview- What is The Karma Seed

The Karma Seed enables individuals to have positive, meaningful impacts on the lives of many, with minimal effort and cost. The Karma Seed is based on the concept of ‘pay it forward’, but updates the idea to fit the culture of the 21st century. The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is simple: A person does a random act of kindness for a stranger, but rather than returning the favor, that stranger instead ‘pays forward’ the good will by doing a random act of kindness for someone else. Unfortunately, an inherent problem with the traditional ‘pay it forward ‘system is accountability. There is no mechanism to track whether or not the favor is passed on.

Our Karma Seed package from former student Chris Loh

That is where The Karma Seed comes in. Karma Seeds are individually numbered plastic cards that can be databased and tracked online. Seeds can be purchased online—$3.00 for a single seed, $5 for 2 seeds, and $10 for 5 seeds. After a customer purchases and receives a seed, they register it online and hold onto it until an opportunity to help someone (preferably a complete stranger) arises. After the favor is completed, the customer hands his or her Karma Seed to the recipient of the favor,

asks them to visit the website where they can briefly share the details of the favor and asks them to pass the seed on by ‘paying forward’ the favor to another stranger.

The Karma Seed is ideally transferred from stranger to stranger until the card is physically destroyed or lost.

A consumer might question the purpose of purchasing a Karma Seed in the first place. Why pay to do a favor for a stranger? Why buy knowing it will be given it away. And, after all, a Karma Seed is simply a piece of plastic, with no obvious extrinsic value.

It is the potential for something amazing to result from that mere piece of plastic that makes a Karma Seed so powerful and desirable.

Embedded in The Karma Seed is the concept of ‘The Butterfly Effect’. ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is, “a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory namely that small differences in the initial condition of a dynamical system produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.” More simply, in the context of The Karma Seed the butterfly effect describes how the random act of kindness can result in something much larger that benefits hundreds of people.

So consider being a part of this and check out the Karma Seed Site as soon as possible.

Reader Comments (3)

i love this concept! i just got 5 and plan on putting them under random people's doors in my dorm!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlightfoot

I really love the way Sang-Sik Hong uses everyday objects (straws in these works) to create original pieces of art. I followed the link to his Patrajdas Gallery and I love his work "Red Shoe." I love how hard it is to identify the straws in "Red Shoe," whereas in "Mouth - Red" it is much easier to see the straws, especially on the far left and right sides. Even though one can tell Sang-Sik Hong's work is quite unique through pictures on the internet, I would love to be able to see his work in person.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I really thought this commercial showed how people can help each other. All of this artwork is very good and each of these pieces has a different meaning to the artist. The artist also makes an abstraction in all of the paintings that lets all the observers see what they want and each painting means something different to each person.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTHomas

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