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    Groupon rep says traditional charity efforts “connive us into doing good.” http://www.groupon.com/community/discussion/2858/topics/120921

    • http://www.EpicChange.org Stacey Monk

      Obviously, as a nonprofit storyteller, this vast over-generalization makes me wince. That said, some nonprofits (and many for-profits too!) do often manipulate our emotions to elicit a very particular reaction like sadness, fear, guilt or happiness. They proscribe to the audience exactly what to feel like a Sally Struthers video carefully concocted to manufacture pity. Reality, though, is rarely summarized in a single predictable emotion; it is more nuanced. The best stories require our independent consideration and inspire a myriad of subtle responses that are influenced not only by the story but by our unique personal experiences.

      My hope is that more nonprofit storytelling will inspire audiences to think for themselves…only when we realize the truth for and within ourselves will it inspire heartful transformation.

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  • http://www.begtodiffer.com/ Dennis “DenVan” VanStaalduinen

    Love the post – and I completely agree that this was a crass and ill-conceived attempt to gain commercial points at the expense of a legitimate cause. I also love the thought provoking invocation of the “tragedy of the commons” when applied to human capital. I’ll be thinking about that for days.

    My one quibble is with this phrase: “he’s chosen to invest his potential in lesser ends.”

    That kinda stings for those of us who spend time moving back and forth between the stuff that pays and the stuff that doesn’t, and who have a place in our heart for commerce as well as charity.

    To me, the tool maker’s art is not less important or valuable than the carpenter’s, the seller of tools, the banker who finances them all, the advertiser who finds new carpenters to sell to, or the charity they *could* all choose to donate their time, energy, and money to (but admittedly don’t enough). And there would be no Mother Theresa without the good bakers and blanket merchants of Calcutta.

    Andrew Mason is a tool maker, and quite a good one – Groupon is successful because it is brilliantly simple and fills a need. I can’t fault him for that. Nor could I fault him if he found a more eloquent and honest way to use his millions to highlight the plight of Tibet. His crime is not in making money or creating the opportunity for public dialogue. The crime is wasting both.

    • http://www.EpicChange.org Stacey Monk

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment, Dennis. It’s funny, my partner’s headed back to work for money for the first time in over a year (we’ve both been working sans paycheck on Epic Change for quite a while), and I think this post reflects my anger at the fact he feels he has to do that, even though he’d probably prefer not to. It’s a leading, learning edge for me to recognize the value in all we do, because for so long I resented the work I used to do for money because I felt enslaved by it. (Even though, admittedly, I’d chosen it.) I’m trying to heal my relationship to money – and your calling me out on this point helps ;)

      That said, I do think our economy and our culture needs substantive change to honor & sustain work done & value created that benefits us all. And, in my opinion, there will always be something truly noble about working for a purpose beyond personal profit.

      He’s an excellent toolmaker, to be sure, but I’m unclear as to why our culture, and our economy, values that very same tool more now that it’s used to save money, than when, as thepoint, it was used to save the planet…

  • http://twitter.com/jdp23 Jon Pincus

    Great post. As you say, very revealing about how Andrew and Groupon thinks of themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/SanataniUrban LuminosityFoundation

    We are all Human, as they say. As Humans, we tend to see things as Black or White, Good or Bad, Right or Wrong. But most things in life are not that way, are they? Yes, I agree with you about the commercial, and the apparent cop out of “the Point” . I tend to think as you do in my judgments of situations. Ha! I climb aboard my white horse and take my sword along for a just cause. But I’ve learned that nothing in this life is perfect, as much as we’d like it to be so. There will always be people who “fight the good fight”, be it for Tibet, India, Haiti, etc. and there will always be people who will exploit that same population or group for their own selfish agendas. We are all actors on this crazy stage we call life, and life is messy and full of drama. Life happens in spite of us, and it goes on and on, long after we have left this world. The only one we can change or improve upon is ourselves, and each of us must serve the world in a way that moves us, serves us and serves the whole at the same time.

    Yes, Human Beings can be very selfish and self centered, but I do believe that we are heading for a big change in the world. The Earth can not sustain the raping of Her resources due to the utterly foolish level of consumerism that we have been creating for so long now. Consciousness is growing and changing, and what does not change naturally, is going to be forced upon us because the Earth can not sustain our current state of selfishness. Everything is totally out of balance and this has disrupted the natural harmony of our planet. There will be no harmony & balance until we begin to understand the consequences of our lack of wisdom. Our Resources are being drained and one way or another, we will learn the apparently very difficult lesson of how destructive selfishness is. Maybe by learning that lesson the hard way, Human Beings will change and grow. We can only hope that Goodness is happening & that wisdom is being cultivated somewhere between the two polarities of Good & Bad, Black & White, Right & Wrong.

  • http://www.care2.com/causes/trailblazers/ Sue Anne Reed

    I didn’t find the ad super offensive, although I realize why some people did. To me, it just didn’t make sense.

    If you want to voice your concern about the ad, we have a petition up on Care2:
    http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/takeaction/730/927/451/

  • http://leahkaiz.blogspot.com/2011/02/groupon-super-bowl-ads-fail-or-success.html Leah Kaiz

    My first reaction was that I didn’t like the ad either. But then when doing some digging and reading Groupon’s blog post (written before the commercial came out) I realized it was more a case of poorly executed verses insensitive. And if you take a look on the website you’ll see that they are matching donations up to $100,000 per charity for all three charities they created parody commercials about. While the commercials missed their mark, I don’t think they were aiming for insensitive. And in fact I think if people make donations and they match that will be over half a million dollars divided amongst the 3 charities. I too wrote a blog post about it. With a slightly different take than yours. http://leahkaiz.blogspot.com/2011/02/groupon-super-bowl-ads-fail-or-success.html

    I support Epic Change, but I also support a multitude of other charities, with time, money and resources. So to totally slam Groupon means you didn’t look at their site at all and see what they were trying to do. No matter how off the mark the commercials were.

    • http://www.EpicChange.org Stacey Monk

      Leah,

      This post certainly wasn’t meant to slam Groupon. While I don’t like these commercials, I do believe their founder is probably a good guy who seeks to do good in the world. I also think our world has valued & respected him more for his efforts to save us a few bucks on a bikini wax than for his efforts to make our world a better place. There’s some irony there, which just may have been the fodder for these ads. Of course, I can’t be sure, but it’s worth some thought…

      I did look at their site, and I did see the matching grant, it just wasn’t nearly the most interesting aspect of the campaign to me. And, given their history and the incredible talent & creativity inside that organization, I think they could have woven their cause support much more deeply.

      It will definitely be interesting to see how the community responds, as your post suggests…

      • http://leahkaiz.blogspot.com/2011/02/groupon-super-bowl-ads-fail-or-success.html Leah Kaiz

        Oops sorry Stacey I didn’t mean that to sound like you were slamming groupon, that’s not what I thought at all. I mean a lot of people out there slamming them on twitter etc. I think they didn’t look deeper into it. And I totally agree, if they had woven that into the commercial more they would have possibly had a different outcome. (the point I was trying to make in New Media vs. Old Media and only having 30 seconds to make your point)

        I totally agree with your point about the world valuing him more for saving a buck than “saving the world” which I think he probably sees the irony in as well.

  • http://twitter.com/care2frogloop Allyson Kapin

    What a great write-up Stacey. I particularly liked “These tragic commercials may be no more than a very uncomfortable mirror. My hope is that Mason’s conscience is deeply intact and he’s secretly creating the largest email database ever for causes that matter.”

    I hope your right and that some wonderful things come out of Groupon – beyond the money that Groupon is raising for the Tibet Fund. Wouldn’t it be great to see Andrew use his new-found wealth and fame to really rock the cause space?

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