OUR PROJECTS AT A GLANCE
Below are our projects in-a-nutshell. All of our programs are centered around people, our 341,235 members. To learn more about any of the projects or to get involved, click on the name to learn more.
KarmaTube: A collection of short,"do something" videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take. Our vision is to create and connect a global network of volunteers to create uplifting stories that celebrate the work of local change agents. And encourage people to "Take a Pledge" to make a small change in their daily lives. The KarmaTube site currently hosts 816 inspiring videos with more than 36,743 newsletter subscribers to its "Video of the Week." Its tagline reminds us to: Watch. Be Inspired. Act.
DailyGood: Extraordinary, positive changes are happening all around the world every day but they often get overshadowed by sensational and shocking news. Not any more. Welcome to a portal dedicated to good news! Every day, 108,360 subscribers receive an email with uplifting news, an insightful quotation, and a small call to action that people can take in their own lives. DailyGood is "News that Inspires."
Awakin: A hub for local meditation circles simply called "Wednesdays" that have been on-going every single week for the past 14 years. These started in the Silicon Valley and now have expanded to many living rooms across the world. Each week the group sits together for an hour of meditation, followed by a circle of sharing. A newsletter with a passage selected from various wisdom traditions and an audio reading is sent out to 67,000 subscribers each week.
Conversations: A place for in-depth conversations, originally started as an art magazine in the early 1990's by Richard Whittaker. This project is now fully run on a gift-economy basis. All the costs associated with the magazine are covered entirely by the support from grateful readers and other supporters of the work. In addition to the magazine and website, its e-newsletter reaches 30,556 subscribers.
KindSpring: To encourage anonymous acts of kindness, we started a fun game of tag -- do a selfless act for someone, and leave a card behind telling them to pay it forward. 957,308 smile cards have been shipped anonymously without any charge. On KindSpring.org, more than 14,753 members have generated 19,536 kindness stories as a part of "SmileGroups." With a high-demand for more tools from teachers, we've created new offerings like Smile Decks which has a different kindness idea on each of the 52 cards. Our weekly newsletter with top picks of kindness stories has grown to 83,439 subscribers in a short time.
Karma Kitchen: What started as an experiment run by a team of volunteers each week, has now served over 34,000 guests through the pay-it-forward model. Guests continue to pour-in each week mainly through word-of-mouth, to enjoy the community ambiance. With over 21,600 hours of volunteer contributions, volunteers in other cities were inspired to start their own Karma Kitchen. In addition to Berkeley, you can now also enjoy the delicious meals made with love in Washington DC, and Chicago.
Volunteer & Non-Profit Support
PledgePage: For volunteers who run marathons as fundraisers for noble causes, PledgePage is an easy way to publish and share their photos, diaries and manage a donor list online. When this business was in danger of shutting down in 2001, ServiceSpace took it over and made it a free, non-profit service available to everyone. Collectively, 8,044 PledgePage sites have generated millions of hits to raise well over $3,167,212 for good causes around the globe.
CF Sites: CharityFocus began in 1999 serving non-profit organizations (NPOs) with web solutions when the cost of a website was too enormous for most non-profits to afford. 1,040 volunteers successfully completed 254 website projects. We later created our own in-house technology called CF Sites to allow NPO's to build their own basic websites and host them with us at no cost. CFSites has helped create more than 7,920 websites for various causes around the world.
A portal for the South Asian development community with a database of 14,576 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ProPoor was started by the founder of Sony Entertainment Television as an organization with paid staff. However, encouraged by the spirit of Service Space, he asked us to adopt ProPoor and turn it into a completely volunteer-run project.
See also: MovedByLove