5 years ago I started a Facebook group for my neighbours to help each other out - The Kensington Good Karma Network. After experiencing my own and also observing significant challenges for people of all demographics around me I wanted to find a way for people to be able to get help, and be empowered to help others. For lives to be made easier, to facilitate positive connections between local strangers, and so people wouldn’t feel alone and stuck when they are faced with problems, whether they be huge or small and annoying.
The design of the group was important to me because it needed to be a safe place for people to feel comfortable asking for help. I wanted to remove the possibility of alienation that we see so readily in social media so I kept things simple. The group's clear purpose was to be a safe place to ask for help from your neighbours and the simple guidelines to start were no selling, no advertising, no judgement or negativity and anything that is offered is done so with no expectation of anything in return.
It worked. People asked for help and people helped each other, and then they wanted to start Good Karma Networks (GKNs) in other suburbs. I wanted to help them, and since the beginning of 2017 I have helped over 50 GKNs get started around Australia. And I started an organisation to help them, because voluntarily starting and managing an online community for everyone in your suburb is not easy.
The Good Karma Effect is a volunteer run organisation that connects and supports the 120 administrators who are looking after the 37 currently active GKNs, which have a combined total of over 125 000 members. I am very glad to be able to share our new website, that has been made possible by in kind support from Courtney Doward (Red Panda Designs) and a fabulous group of volunteer communication professionals who I have been working with over the past 6 mths. If you don’t know about the Good Karma Effect or GKNs please have a look to find out the impact that they are having in their communities. And if you would like to find a way to get involved and help empower our organisation to be able to support more GKNs please get in touch. Due to having no revenue stream and sitting outside of the criteria of most grants, we need resources and volunteers to continue helping people help each other.
Please do get in touch also if you would like to work with me to explore ways of creating new solutions that facilitate greater human thriving individually and collectively through connection and Doing Things Differently.