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The Powerful Impact of Random Acts of Kindness

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An overview of LinkedIn's Random Acts of Kindness program.

An overview of LinkedIn's Random Acts of Kindness program.

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  • 1. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Powerful Impact of Random Acts of Kindness The Powerful Impact of Random Acts of Kindness
  • 2. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. It all started when I participated in a team outing last year. It was simple…teams of 4 were given $100 to go out and do random acts of kindness. 2
  • 3. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. After doing our acts of kindness, we got back together and shared all of our stories.* 3 * We weren’t literally around a fire, but you get the point!
  • 4. The stories were SO moving! It was literally my favorite day at LinkedIn. (and I’ve been here 3 years)
  • 5. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. My favorite story from that day was about the team who met a girl making a layaway payment on her quinceañera* dress… 5 * Quinceañera (pronounced: [kin.se.ˈɲe.ɾa] is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • 6. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. They spent time connecting with her and her family. Then they decided to put their entire $100 towards a payment for her dress! 6
  • 7. But wait! It gets better….
  • 8. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. After leaving the shop, they decided to pool their money, go back in & pay off the dress for her…they even threw in a pair of shoes! The girl was so incredibly touched – and it brought tears to everyone’s eyes as we heard the story. 8
  • 9. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. After that, I wanted to make sure that every LinkedIn employee would have a chance to have the same experience! 9
  • 10. So we are taking Random Acts of Kindness around the world…
  • 11. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. In San Francisco, one team changed the $100 into $2 bills. They gave people one $2 bill for their bus fare and another $2 bill so they could pay it forward to someone else.
  • 12. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. A New York team paid for four couples’ wedding ceremonies at City Hall.
  • 13. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. One group gave out free hugs in Dublin!
  • 14. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Down under in Sydney, a team donated board games and lottery scratch-offs to residents at a senior home.
  • 15. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. A LinkedIn team in Bangalore spent time at an orphanage for children with HIV+ giving out snacks and school supplies. A team in Melbourne surprised a couple by purchasing their groceries. In Milan, a team bought books and games for a kindergarten class.
  • 16. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Madrid office bought supplies for a charity for people at risk of social exclusion. Then they served meals to 200+ individuals and families (and even cleaned the kitchen!).
  • 17. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. They got creative in Paris and put signs on people’s cars that said things like: “Little reminder to congratulate yourself for being awesome”!
  • 18. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. And on the streets of London, their sign said: “It’s cold and wet outside, can I brighten your day with a free coffee?”
  • 19. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. This LinkedIn Omaha team donated gift cards to Beaver Crossing, a nearby town that had recently been hit with a tornado.
  • 20. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. In Chicago, this team delivered pizza and cupcakes to a local nonprofit.
  • 21. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. In Toronto, one team decided to double the funds given to them by hosting a pancake breakfast in the office! Then they bought non-perishable items to fill the shelves of the food bank at the Yong Street mission.
  • 22. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. In Tokyo, a group surprised a woman by paying for souvenirs she was bringing back to officemates in Osaka. One team in Dubai gave a group of construction workers food, drinks and LinkedIn caps (we do love our swag!) The traffic cops in Mumbai were very grateful to receive water and ice cold sodas from LinkedIn employees.
  • 23. ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 23 And this is how the Mumbai team summed up their experience…
  • 24. These are just a few of many wonderful examples. And we still have more to come as we plan Random Acts of Kindness events in all of our other offices!
  • 25. And now it’s your turn…join us! Plan an event for your company and experience the powerful impact of Random Acts of Kindness. Don’t forget to use #inKindness to spread the word!