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Ken and Darlene created AmazingKarma.com around the non-religious concept, “What goes around, comes around.” They share what prompted them to come up with this unique website, social media and mobile app.
Through AmazingKarma.com, people can order free green “Karma Credit Cards” to acknowledge acts of kindness, courtesy, and honesty; and red “Karma Debit Cards” to expose acts of unkindness, discourtesy, and dishonesty. Ken and Darlene explain how it works and how people can earn positive “Karma” points with both kinds of cards.
When someone treats us badly, our inclination may be to lash out in revenge, but that does not solve anything and can trigger a negative cycle of retribution. Ken and Darlene share how to “increase your personal Karma quotient” through making amends and moving forward.
Few actions feel better than doing something good for another person in need. Ken and Darlene discuss how helping others improves a person’s outlook and wellbeing.
Ken has worked as a door-to-door salesman, computer engineer after service in the U.S. Airforce, founded aerial advertising and video rental businesses and is now a writer/actor/producer/director. A five-time Jeopardy Champion, Darlene has a long career in radio television and film, including as a Hollywood studio executive and now as an award-winning independent producer. They share what it takes to reinvent oneself multiple times over a lifetime.
Ken fought attempts by religious conservatives and corrupt officials to shut down a video rental business he founded, a struggle depicted in “HEART of the BEHOLDER,” a film Darlene produced that earned five Best Feature Film awards. Darlene was fired after 25 years from her job at Fox Cable Networks (and later received a settlement in a wrongful termination lawsuit) for sending a personal email suggesting the idea of using a crowd-funding portal to aid the long-time girlfriend an American passenger on the missing Malaysia Flight 370. They share how these experiences shaped who they are, and their idea to create AmazingKarma.com.
Creativity is at the heart of both artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors. Ken and Darlene share lessons from their lives passionately chasing dreams, and how seniors can spin their myriad life experiences into a new start.
Ken helped sand-bag flood walls in St. Louis when the “flood of the century” struck in 1993, and set up an entrepreneurial project for his children to collect jars of flood water as souvenirs for other volunteers. A CNN report on their effort garnered worldwide attention after the souvenirs were given personally to Vice President Al Gore and Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan when they toured the flood damage. He and Darlene discuss how volunteering boosts our “Karma quotient.”
After the St. Louis flood (and flood of publicity) died down, Ken let his kids keep $20 each and donate the remainder to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. He and Darlene share how to instill kids and grandkids with a desire to reach out and help others.
When Darlene was fired from her job after 25 years, she filed a wrongful termination lawsuit. Her employer settled out of court quickly after emails were disclosed indicating managers were encouraged to weed out employees before they turned 55 years old. Darlene and Ken discuss the subject of their next film.