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Agent of the Month: Introducing Agent K, March’s Agent of Altruism!

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:44

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An Awesome Everyday Boom Boom! Courtesy of Agent K

Although an Agent of Altruism for less than a year, Agent K has certainly made an impact! From her home base in Australia, Agent K has committed an impressive number of feats of Guerilla Goodness, including revolutionizing Card #20 in a big way with “Box of Happiness” and performing an extreme version of Card #13 in “Flood Clean Up” after Hurricane Oswald damaged the Queensland coast. Agent K is such an inspiration because she almost always revolutionizes every card she plays!

In addition to playing the cards, Agent K thinks “Everyday Boom Boom! is gold!“ Her post, “Free Compliments”, is kind AND clever. The picture on the left speaks for itself!

Agent K’s stats also speak for themselves:

Clearly, Agent K is serious about spreading Guerilla Goodness and is “absolutely honored to be the monthly Agent of Altruism.” We did ask her for a picture, but she decided she would rather remain totally anonymous and, instead, sent us a picture that she felt best represented what she’s about. We LOVE this picture and, based on her presence on the Boom Boom! Cards site, we think it communicates EXACTLY what Agent K is up to.

Here’s more of what Agent K had to say
about playing Boom Boom! Cards:

1. If you’re not acting alone, who are the other members of your Boom
Boom! Team?

I mainly act alone but occasionally I get friends and/or family involved.

2. What was your favorite card to play? Why?

The Everyday Boom Boom! is gold. It challenges me to think ‘What can I
do today’ and gives me the opportunity to repeat other cards I’ve
loved. Second to this card I love Card 1 ‘Buy a stranger a coffee’. I
Especially love reading how other Agents of Altruism played this card.
I’m not going to lie I have on occasion cried reading them.

3. What’s the best thing about playing Boom Boom! Cards?

Knowing that you’re bringing joy to someone else. That you’re helping out
a stranger in need, cheering up someone who may be having a tough day,
letting people know they’re not doing life alone and that there are
people out there that care about them. I think it all just comes down
to ‘loving thy neighbor’.

4. What’s the most surprising thing about playing Boom Boom! Cards?

The simplicity and the impact. How in a moment you can choose to make someone’s day or break it and your choice then influences that person subconsciously in a ‘pay it forward’ mentality. Boom Boom! Cards allows one to spread cheer and put
a stop to the chain of negativity and bullying. It really is a revolution!

5. What was the hardest Boom Boom! Card to play?

For me the hardest ones where the broader ones:- ‘hold the door open’,
‘smile at everyone’. They’re things I normally do so I found it hard
to make it different to the everyday…. So really I just complicated
it and then it was actually quite easy!

6. What inspired you to play Boom Boom! Cards in the first place?

I actually made a bucket list of 20 things to do before I was 20 and
being the kindness addict I am I added ‘Random act of kindness’ to my
list. Shortly after I found Boom Boom! Cards and I thought they were
the perfect tool.

7. Did you have an experience playing the cards that left an
impression on you? If so, what was it?

‘Your snack is on me!’ was one of my first Boom Boom! experiences. It
was such a simple idea and yet had a bigger impact than I could have
thought. The student who found it took a picture and uploaded it to
our university forum on Facebook. I found out from a friend who showed it to a
me a few days later saying ‘Look what I saw. How cool is this!’ It
made me smile. Over 400 students ‘liked’ and commented on the post. I
just wanted to impact one student but my deed ended up affecting
hundreds.

8. Of all your Boom Boom!s, do you have a favorite?

I think my favourite is yet to be done. I have so many ideas and
creative ways to play the rest of my deck. I just can’t wait to put
those thoughts into actions.

Thank you, Agent K, for being such an important and amazing member of the Revolution. Keep up the impressive work. The world WILL change and it’s because of you and your passion for bringing this Revolution to life.

The Earth is a Very Small Stage

Sat, 03/23/2013 - 13:23

Watch This. Yes, we know this video is 4:00 minutes long, but trust us, it’s worth it. Perspective is a wonderful gift and Carl Sagan gives it to us with these words. The video, posted by Adam Winnik on YouTube is also a gift and underscores Sagan’s brilliant insight.

From astrophysics to the human heart, Sagan could dissect anything, explain it and make you think about it in a way that may never have occurred to you before…like this:

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life; there is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species can migrate. Visit? Yes. Settle? Not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the earth is where we make our stand. It is up to us.

“No hint that help will come from elsewhere…” That’s a staggering thought. It’s truly up to us. Each one of us. Not a specific group, or a particular type of person, or any of our world leaders…or even Oprah. No, it’s not up to anyone but us. ALL of us.

Capital U us.

The success of our civilization depends on one very simple thing: the relationships we build.

Period.

Every daily interaction matters.

Let’s commit to breeding good in every moment.

Boom Boom!

A Little Love in the Mail

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 21:42

Remember when getting the mail from your mailbox was something to look forward to? You just never knew what would be there… maybe a letter from a relative? Or a postcard from a friend who’s traveling? There was also a good chance there’d be a bill or two, but it seemed that was always balanced with a little bit of love from someone special.

Well, an organization called “Postcards From Far Away”, would like us to harken back to that time…with a twist. And, given that Boom Boom! Card 12 from the Original Deck encourages you to get in touch with someone the old fashioned way, of course we’re on board!

PFFA is a social benefit organization created by Robb Anthony in his college dorm room in 2010. He had a simple concept, “to make people’s day.” So, he’d spend his summer paychecks buying postcards and filling them with positive messages and sending them, anonymously, to random people throughout the country.

Three years later he has a team that helps him and they go to schools and other organizations where volunteers write messages of love encouragement, hope and inspiration and mail them off to thousands of lucky and unsuspecting recipients.

We’re excited to have partnered with PFFA and donated Boom Boom! postcards that will be used to make people’s days! We’re grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this truly awesome idea and make the world a little brighter.

Click here to donate or volunteer with PFFA!

Boom Boom!

News Release: Kick Up Random Acts of Kindness Week with Intentional Acts of Kindness by Boom Boom!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:45

Boom Boom! Revolution offers users acts of kindness ideas to perform during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

SANTA CRUZ, CA – February 11, 2012 – Social innovation company, Boom Boom! Revolution, is pleased to inspire the celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by encouraging individuals to leave a note of praise, encouragement or love for someone to find in an unexpected place.

Boom Boom! Revolution, creator of acts of kindness cards, Boom Boom! Cards, and lifestyle products aimed at inspiring guerilla goodness, encourages “Agents of Altruism” to disperse praise, encouragement or love, as prescribed on Card #20 of the Original Deck, and share their experiences with the Boom Boom! community at boomboomcards.com by posting kindness stories, photos and videos to see how their acts of kindness create a positive ripple effect.

Boom Boom! aims to inspire guerilla goodness each and every day, but encourages participants to go above and beyond during Random Acts of Kindness Week. Looking for additional random acts of kindness ideas to perform daily? Visit boomboomcards.com to check out the Original, Teen, Green, and Family Decks of Boom Boom! Cards, which each contain 26 cards, each with an act of guerilla goodness for users to perform, then “play forward,” helping to spread kindness and positivity throughout their communities.

To learn more about Boom Boom! Revolution and its variety of kindness and lifestyle products, visit: http://boomboomcards.com/store.

To share your note of praise, encouragement or love during Random Acts of Kindness Week, snap a photograph and post it to the Boom Boom! Cards Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/boomboomcards.

About Boom Boom! Revolution

Boom Boom! Revolution (BBR) is a social innovation company, founded in 2008. They create positive consumer products with the intention of inspiring an uprising of guerilla goodness. Boom Boom! Cards are the flagship product; they showcase a combined real world and online social network linking players globally through random acts of kindness that are paid forward. BBR is a 4th Sector Corporation, For Profit For Good. Boom Boom! Cards are made from 30-100% post consumer recyclable materials. Ten percent of the purchase price is donated directly to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. The BBR community can be found at www.boomboomcards.com.

Connect with Boom Boom! Revolution on Twitter, http://twitter.com/boomboomcards, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/boomboomcards.

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Heather Hewit

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heatherh(at)lotus823(dot)com

Agent of the Month: February 2013

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:07

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This month’s Agent of Altruism is: Partyof5!

From the time they joined the Revolution back in April of 2011, this family team of hardworking Agents has done much to impact their corner of the world in Denver, Colorado while inspiring others across the globe to do the same. From “Random Acts of Free Lemonade” to “Saving Santa” this dedicated family of do gooders is a tremendous asset to the Boom Boom! Revolution and is helping spread Guerilla Goodness on all fronts.

Made up of husband and wife team, Cathy and Merlin along with their three children ages nine, four and one, Partyof5’s Boom Boom! profile explains their motivation:

“We hope that our family stories help inspire others to commit random acts of kindness in their everyday lives.”

We think they’re doing an impressive job with that goal and that’s why they’re this month’s featured Agents of Altrusim!

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Check out these impressive stats (as of 2/1/2013):

We asked Cathy to answer a few questions about Partyof5’s Boom Boom! experience and here’s what she had to say:

Who are the other members of your Boom Boom! Team?
Myself, my husband Merlin and our 3 kids ages 9, 4 and 1 are Partyof5.

What’s your favorite card to play? Why?
I adore Everyday Boom Boom’s. We love to look for any opportunity big or small at any given time. This makes the Everydays a perfect fit.

What’s the best thing about playing Boom Boom! Cards?
There is an indescribable feeling that comes from putting kindness out into the world as often as possible and to be able to pass that message on to my kids in such a human, everyday way is priceless.

What’s the most surprising thing about playing Boom Boom! Cards?
There are so many creative ways to help others and our world once you stop thinking along the same old lines.

What inspired you to play Boom Boom! Cards in the first place
I am hooked on helping others, no matter how corny that may sound. When I came across Boom Boom cards I found them to be the perfect way for me to teach my kids and further my passion for helping all at the same time.

Did you have an experience playing the cards that left an impression on you?
One year we slipped $100 inside of a Christmas card signed by Santa into the grocery cart of a couple and their son who looked like they really needed a hand. They drove past us on their way out and the woman looked happy enough to burst. She was laughing and crying. I will never forget that.

Of all your Boom Boom!s, do you have a favorite?
I think the day I stopped on a stroll with our youngest and ran around a schoolyard like a crazy woman picking up all of their trash. It was a MESS. They may have thought I was some kind of nut but someone must have taken my craziness to heart because I haven’t seen a piece of trash on that school lawn since!!

So, here’s to you, Partyof5! Thanks for being critical members in the Revolution of Kindness and for prolifically spreading Guerilla Goodness everywhere you go. We are proud to be on the same team with you and we look forward to seeing more of your acts of awesome.

A New Spin on New Year’s Resolutions

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:00

Ever notice that most New Year’s Resolutions emerge from the negative? That they are generally based on some kind of behavior you’d like to minimize or stop doing altogether? Consider these common resolutions: I’ll stop eating more than I should…I won’t spend as much moneyI won’t yell at my kids so much. Recognize any of these? Isn’t it interesting how they all stem from a place of NOT wanting to do something? Perhaps that’s the reason that, by this time of the year, many people have already given up on their resolutions.

Maybe this is the year to think about resolutions a bit differently and spin them toward the positive; it might make a difference in how you feel in trying to maintain the commitment to them. For instance, instead of, I’ll stop eating more than I should, why not try, I will eat just enough food to be full. Or instead of, I won’t spend as much money, why not try, I’ll stick to my budget. And, I’m not going to yell at my kids, could become, I am going to tell my kids how great they are more often. Let’s choose to make an effort to be happier, kinder, and prouder of who we are. Let’s focus less on our negative behavior and find more ways to act positively. Are you in? And, while we’re on the subject, why not add some resolutions of kindness? You can get the ball rolling with some of these simple acts of kindness.

3 Ways to Spread Kindness This Year

1)   For one day, hold the door open for others every time you have the opportunity.

2)   The next time you see litter on the ground, pick it up and throw it away no matter where you are.

3)   “Plate it Forward” by making something yummy like cookies, cake or bread and deliver it to your neighbors or friends.

And, of course, there’s so much more! Looking for more ways to spread the kind? Check out our all of our kindness products here: http://boomboomcards.com/store.

And, keep on keepin’ on with those resolutions. We believe in you!

News: Acts of Kindness from 2012

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:48

A Boom Boom! New Year to You

We hope this newsletter finds you, like us, excited about the shiny New Year that’s been given to us.  We’re thrilled to welcome all the Agents of Altruism who have signed on to spread Guerilla Goodness in 2013 and we also look forward to hearing more from the Agents who have been with us in the past.

What’s happening on the Front Lines of the Boom Boom! Revolution is nothing short of amazing and YOU are the reason. Thank you for believing in the power of kindness and its ability to transform our world. YOU are making a difference and the we are all better for it. Thank you.

Here’s a small sample of what last year looked like for Boom Boom! Cards and why the Revolution is making a difference. We can hardly wait to see what acts of kindness you all do in 2013!

Commit Acts of Kindness, Think Positive & Stay Well

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:39

Carry the holiday spirit into the New Year by committing acts of kindness, staying positive and spreading goodness wherever you go. If you’ve been feelin’ the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you’re not alone! We feel you!

On the go with much to do and much to tote?

Be Sure To:

And Think Positive:

Share Your Positivity:

Remember: It’s Okay to Take it Easy:

And, If You Really Can’t Let Things Go:

Carry Them with Grace and Style.

We’re thrilled to announce one of the latest additions to our collection of kindness products, the Italia Tote. We’re excited to have been able to partner with eco-friendly and upscale portable tote company RunRunRun to offer you the exclusive Boom Boom! Handbag Tote. Created by RunRunRun and infused with the Boom Boom! vibe, it’s a travel tote that’s compact and stylish, and perfect for travel, running errands, or whatever life may toss your way. Check it out, here: http://boomboomcards.com/italia-tote.

“Measure your life by what you give, not what you receive.”

Be sure to savor those special moments as the holiday season comes to a close, and we welcome in a fresh, New Year!

Are you spreading the giving spirit by committing acts of kindness? We’d love for you to share your Boom Boom!’s with us at http://boomboomcards.com/!

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and…




 

News Release: Commit An Act of Kindness this Holiday Season with Gifts that Keep on Giving

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 08:56

Shoppers can commit an act of kindness simply by gifting products from Boom Boom! Revolution, aimed at inspiring an uprising of guerilla goodness

SANTA CRUZ, CA – December 13, 2012 – Boom Boom! Revolution, creator of intentional acts of kindness cards, Boom Boom! Cards, and lifestyle products aiming at inspiring guerilla goodness, is pleased to offer kindness products that allow shoppers to give a holiday gift that keeps on giving, during the holiday season and beyond.

Boom Boom! Cards acts of kindness cards kits, available in Original, Teen, Green, and Family Decks, each contain 26 cards with an act of guerilla goodness for users to perform, then “play forward,” helping to spread kindness and positivity throughout their communities. From there, users can engage with the Boom Boom! community at boomboomcards.com by posting kindness stories, photos and videos, and following their cards (each has a unique ID) on the Boom Boom! map to see how their acts of kindness create a positive ripple effect. To expand the “ripple” even further, when users register their cards at boomboomcards.com, 10% of the purchase price is donated directly to the charity of their choice.

Boom Boom! Revolution’s new expanded collection of kindness products exudes the Boom Boom! lifestyle of encouraging guerilla goodness and environmentally friendly practices with new Grocery Totes, Plate it Forward, Notecards, bundled gift sets and more. Boom Boom! has also partnered with eco-friendly and upscale portable tote company, RunRunRun, to design the latest addition to its kindness products collection: the exclusive Boom Boom! Italia Tote. Infused with the Boom Boom! vibe, it’s a travel tote that’s compact, stylish and practical. The embossed snap on the outside reads “The Uprising of Guerilla Goodness” and the interior message, printed on leather states, “Measure your life by what you give, not what you receive.”

To browse Boom Boom! Revolution’s lineup of kindness products and give a holiday gift that keeps on giving, visit: http://boomboomcards.com/store

About Boom Boom! Revolution

Boom Boom! Revolution (BBR) is a social innovation company, founded in 2008. They create positive consumer products with the intention of inspiring an uprising of guerilla goodness. Boom Boom! Cards are the flagship product; they showcase a combined real world and online social network linking players globally through random acts of kindness that are paid forward. BBR is a 4th Sector Corporation, For Profit For Good. Boom Boom! Cards are made from 30-100% post consumer recyclable materials. Ten percent of the purchase price is donated directly to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. The BBR community can be found at www.boomboomcards.com.

Connect with Boom Boom! Revolution on Twitter, http://twitter.com/boomboomcards, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/boomboomcards.

Media Contact
Heather Hewit

lotus823

heatherh@lotus823.com

732.212.0823