“Less is more.” — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
This is true in giving, as well as architecture.
Give to more charities you like, by giving less — and sharing them with your friends. Your friends discover these charities through you & they give too.
This is how giving less becomes giving more.
“The biggest, most unquestioned answer of our culture is our relationship with money. It is there that we keep alive—at a high cost—the flame and mythology of scarcity.”
— Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
e = (mm)nt
e = empowerment | mm = market mechanisms | nt = network technologies
Disruptive philanthropy applies network technologies to new market mechanisms that empower people & organizations with new ways of coming together for social good.
—by James Fowler
1. Good deeds are contagious
2. The network acts like a matching grant
3. Messages get amplified when they spread naturally
4. Close friends matter more
5. Our real world friends are online, too
6. Make good behavior visible…
7.… but don’t overdo it!
8. Centrality, interest, influence, and influence-ability are all important
9. Central actors can also help predict the future
10. Realize your network power
James Fowler is an internationally recognized political scientist who specializes in the study of social networks, human cooperation, and political participation. His work bridges the social and natural sciences and is frequently covered by the media.
You can follow the progress of givby.com with daily reports on our founder’s blog, for anyone who wants to see what it’s like giving birth to a startup.
“An innovation that is disruptive allows a whole new population of consumers access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or a lot of skill.”
Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma
What is givby?
A dirt-simple, easy way for you to give small donations – as low as $1.00 – with the click of a button to any nonprofits you choose. It is also a social media game where you can share causes with your friends, and yes there will be badges!
“I am convinced that far more idealistic aspiration exists than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are much less numerous than the underground streams, so the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what men and women carry in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released. Mankind is waiting and longing for those who can accomplish the task of untying what is knotted and bringing the underground waters to the surface.” — Albert Schweitzer
I’ve always wondered if this was true. While it may not exactly be in “underground streams” there is in fact about 500 times more water under the surface than in our rivers (http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html). Should have known better than to challenge the Schweitzer, he was a scientist after all.