I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to find out about Karma Kitchen in Berkeley. This is a business based on generosity and is an extremely magical & redemptive experience to participate.
Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you.”
That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.
Taste of Himalayas Restaurant
1700 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley, CA 94709
I’ve written before about the Pay It Forward business model and this is a living example of this in action! I would thoroughly recommend you try it yourself to experience real trust in business. You can read further information about Karma Kitchen in a Washington Post article Karma Kitchen in Northwest D.C. serves trust and generosity
“We are trying to move away from a transaction-based society to a trust-based society,” said Aparna Kothary, one of the volunteer coordinators and co-founders of the D.C. location. “By removing your expectation when the bill says zero dollars at the end of your meal, a note is attached and we ask you to continue the circle of giving by paying this act of kindness forward for the next person’s meal based on trust. We’re just trying to see what happens.”
Any business can generate a redemptive experience of trust in users by going that extra distance, displaying that they are in it for a win-win not winner takes all. It renews your faith in humans and the possibilities of business.
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