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KarmaTube.org – Inspiring Stories

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KarmaTube.org’s Mission
The world is full of wonderful and inspiring stories, some unfolding in distant places and others right next door. KarmaTube is dedicated to bringing more of these stories to light, using the power of video and the internet to demonstrate and multiply acts of compassion, generosity and selflessness.

Our vision is to create and connect a global network of volunteers awake to capturing these stories, using simple digital video cameras. While the stories produced may be polished and professional or diamonds-in-the-rough, the crucial through-line is this: they celebrate the work of local change agents, demonstrating the ways “do something” moments can be “tipping point” experiences for individuals and communities. To complete the circle, KarmaTube offers three simple suggestions for ways to support the action and spirit shown in each video.

KarmaTube is an evolving project of CharityFocus (and like CharityFocus, is all-volunteer run). We hope something here moves you to, as Gandhi advised, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Here is an example of a video on Karma Tube (be prepared for chills and tears):
The Strongest Dad in the World
He’s pushed his disabled son’s wheelchair through 85 marathons. He’s also towed Rick in a dinghy, swimming the 2.4 miles before pedaling with his son in a seat on the handlebars as they completed stages of triathlons. It’s all part of this extraordinary father-son effort to transcend disability. When technology allowed Rick to type, he said, “Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore.” That sentence changed Dick Hoyt’s life. He and his son qualified for the Boston marathon in 1992, finishing 35 minutes shy of the world record. Then somebody suggested a triathlon. So far, they’ve done 212, not to mention four Ironman contests. Someone suggested Dick try racing on his own. “No way,” he says.>> click for the video.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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