For all of the debate about Google not fully adhering to their ‘Do no evil’ motto, it’s hard to hate or view with suspicion, a company that makes grand gestures such as this: they are giving every single homeless person (if they want it) in San Francisco a life-long phone number and voicemail. If this is successful, then Google plans to offer it to homeless people across the country.
Memo to other successful companies: take a page from Google’s book here and contribute to your community in meaningful ways. And yes, you do get to toot your own horn when you do! You would deserve the recognition and it would also serve as inspiration for others to follow your example.