After an inspiring weekend at Educon in Philadelphia, Bill Campbell (@billcamp) graciously drove Basil Kolani (@bkolani) and me back to Manhattan. Bill lives on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, but he braved Sunday night traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge to actually deliver us safely into Manhattan and not just abandon us to swim, hitchhike, or commute via public transportation across the Hudson River. Bless his heart.
After I gushed about what a mitzvah it was for Bill to have gone above and beyond in offering door to door service, he handed me a Karma Seed. It’s like a “Pay it Forward” thing. The Karma Seed movement was started by Christopher Lo, an ex-student of Bill’s from Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. In describing the Karma Seed on the site, Christopher writes:
The Karma Seed allows anyone — young or old, rich or poor — to increase their potential to have a positive impact on the lives of others. It makes a simple piece of plastic a record of meaningful connections between strangers, connections formed by the things that I believe make us human: kindness, thoughtfulness, and a basic desire to do good. To me, the beauty of the site lies in the stories people share. As long as there’s still goodness in the world and people willing to start and pass seeds, I will continue to provide the platform that I have grown so quickly to love. I hope The Karma Seed will inspire you in the same way that it has inspired me.
I approached my Head of School about getting a Karma Seed for each of our 8th graders. Their theme for the year is The Quest for Social Justice: Reinventing Society, and having a tangible Karma Seed to track good deeds is such an awesome way for them to see that their actions have consequences, and they have the power to change the world.
The Karma Seed also reminds me of Morley’s gorgeous song which was used as the intro video for TEDxYouthDay.