Before I studied sociology – I studied economics. In economics there is something called The Law of Diminishing Returns. When it comes to my critique of charities (and how they can be fortresses) I think I’m about to hit diminishing returns. If you’ve been reading this blog, following me on Twitter, and/or watched me struggle to get charities to team up with me on the ground – you get it already.
There’s no reason to belabor the point.
You see – and I’m only now just scratching the surface of this – there is this whole vast online sphere of people who love to bash charities. No matter what a charity does – they will call it a “hand out” instead of a “hand up”. No matter how tactfully a charity shows poverty – they will call it “poverty porn”. And no matter how open and transparent a charity is – they will call them “secretive” and “closed”.
I don’t want to be that guy.
The majority of charities I’ve seen out in the field are doing a good job. The world is a better place because of the majority of charities I’ve seen – even if it’s the minority of charities that get all the attention due to scandals. I pull my hair out trying to break the fortress of many of these good charities because I think they deserve not to be left behind in a new era of how we interact.
You can still expect the occassional tweet about this. And, if something particularly poignant comes up, I’m sure I could blog about this again. But, I don’t want this project to be come off looking like I’m bashing charities. Charities are imperfect, they have flaws, and they can be like a fortress. But, like I said, if you’ve been reading my blog posts, following my tweets, and watching me struggle to work with them on the ground – you get that already.
Let’s avoid diminishing returns.