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Karma Kitchen, CF Retreat 2010

  1. 1. KARMA KITCHEN STORIES FROM A PAY-IT-FORWARD RESTAURANT Charityfocus Dolphins Retreat Sept 2010
  2. 2. The KK Saga: Once Upon A Time… <ul><li>Short Version: A story as old as the hills… </li></ul><ul><li>2005: The CF posse helps start Seva Café, India </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 3 CFers meet Rajen “ I’m-a-blank-page ” Thapa </li></ul><ul><li>Two weeks later the first Karma Kitchen opens its doors in Berkeley! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vintage KK: Three Short Stories <ul><li>Why Meredith showed up at Karma Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Chinmay & The Pudding of Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>A Guest’s parting words to the Maitre D </li></ul>
  4. 4. It’s Not About The Numbers…But… <ul><li>Volunteer sign ups since Jan 2010: 700 </li></ul><ul><li>No. of unique volunteers: Approx 420 </li></ul><ul><li>184 volunteer hrs/week  10K hrs/yr </li></ul><ul><li>In operation for 215 Sundays </li></ul><ul><li>Current pace: 1000 meals/month </li></ul><ul><li>Total meals served: Over 15,000! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some More Stories of Giving… <ul><li>Tom’s KK Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Generosity Is Contagious : A 12-year old “gets” KK </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping It Up : You Like It? It’s Yours. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Karma Kitchen Pays It Forward <ul><li>March 2007 Karma Kitchen Berkeley  </li></ul><ul><li>Feb 2009 Karma Kitchen DC  </li></ul><ul><li>July 2010 Karma Kitchen Chicago!  </li></ul><ul><li>NEW YORK? … PORTLAND? …SEDONA? </li></ul><ul><li>CALGARY?…LONDON? …? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reflections from DC & Chi-Town! <ul><li>Aparna from DC </li></ul><ul><li>Anish from Chicago </li></ul>
  8. 8. Operating at the Edges… <ul><li>Gift vs Free </li></ul><ul><li>Scope vs Need </li></ul><ul><li>Quality vs Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility vs Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Flow vs Chaos </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized vs Stagnant </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion vs Values Dilution </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Journey vs Guest Experience </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some Step It Up Initiatives… <ul><li>Weekly Themes & Guest Activities </li></ul><ul><li>The KK Fortune Cookie: Wisdom Scrolls </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized website across chapters </li></ul><ul><li>KK Blog with Server Stories </li></ul><ul><li>KK T-Shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Brown rice option! </li></ul><ul><li>Naan-Calculator  </li></ul>
  10. 10. LOOKING AHEAD… <ul><li>More Restaurants? </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller venues? </li></ul><ul><li>Up the Frequency? </li></ul><ul><li>Reset Retreat? </li></ul><ul><li>Broader offerings? </li></ul><ul><li>Gift Car Washes in DC </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Bookshelf </li></ul><ul><li>Karma Kitchen Cookbook  </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Million (karma) Bucks Question <ul><li>HOW DO WE INCREASINGLY SHIFT OUR GUESTS FROM CONSUMPTION </li></ul><ul><li>TO CONTRIBUTION THROUGH </li></ul><ul><li>KARMA KITCHEN? </li></ul>

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