Honestly, I just don’t know which it is. I suspect the answer, as always, is: both/and.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Not for Sale. They are doing amazing, important work. In fact, I was supposed to be at one of their Backyard Abolitionist Academies right now. Sadly, it was canceled due to lack of registration. And I wish I could attend their Global Forum on Human Trafficking next month.
As for Sevenly, this is the first I’ve heard of them. But theirs sure seems like a good, innovative, fun, worthy approach to helping people in need. Yet, still I wonder…how does all this play out in the grand economics-for-good scale?
Watch this video about it and let me know what you think: Does this kind of consumerist activism effect positive change? Or does the very act of buying more stuff – no matter who created said stuff or who will benefit from the sale – automatically cancel out any good intended through the transaction? Or I am I completely misunderstanding the economics at work?