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The concept of Pay it Forward dates back to ancient Greece in 317 BC. The model was used as a key plot element of the play Dyskolos, (a title which can be translated as “The Grouch”) by Menander. His work was lost in the Middle Ages and the theory was rediscovered by Benjamin Franklin and described in a letter below to Benjamin Webb dated April 25, 1784.

“I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.”

Charley Johnson: An entrepreneur and former Owner/Executive V.P. of a Manufacturing company with over 250 employees has a deep passion for Pay it Forward.  Believing in Pay it Forward so much so he left his company, career & millions behind to change the world and how people view humanity.

He has been a Board member of the Pay it Forward Foundation for the past 4 years and will become President January 1st, 2012.  He is the creator of the Pay it Forward Bracelet, a physical reminder to do good that has been sent to over 1 million people in 108 countries. Video describing the power of the Bracelet can be seen here – Bracelet Video

He Founded the “PIF Experience”  (www.pifexperience.org)  the website responsible for collecting stories from all over the world of people Paying It Forward. It is updated multiple times daily with the direction Pay it Forward is headed and has also become the headquarters for all Pay it Forward Bracelet requests from across the world.

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