A big day -- I'm really thrilled to introduce you to GiveGetWin.com -- the basic idea is that providers generously agree to make their very valuable products and services available for purchase at insanely good rates, with all the proceeds going to charity.
We've already lined up some amazing and outstanding people, and they're bringing things for a fraction of the normal cost in order to benefit the world. We're really trying to make every offer a no-brainer: the first one, Stepan Parunashvili offering an advanced design class, is only priced at $20. Crazy-good value.
In a big sense, what are we trying to do here?
When we looked at all the good that was possible to do in the world, we saw two big barriers that stop many people from getting involved in helping out --
1. Most people already have a set charity budget (or perceive that they're not really in a position to give to a charity) -- so much of charity fundraising is playing a zero-sum game of competing for those limited charity dollars.
2. Very much of philanthropic fundraising focuses on suffering and creates a lot of guilt and bad feelings when interacting with it. I know most of my readers here are people involved in entrepreneurship, freelancing, and generally working hard and achieving a lot. Now, you can be very socially conscious but at the same time, not want to exposed to lots of negative emotions. The way I see it, doing good for the world should be a celebration! Looking to build things up and make things better shouldn't result in feeling bad, it should result in feeling amazing. The whole process should feel great.
So, how are we approaching this? Well, we've got some incredible and outstanding people who are are very graciously willing to pitch in a few hours or some of their inventory. This means, that when you put your hard-earned cash down, not only are you doing good for the world, but you're also reaching your own goals.
And at the same time, you're connecting with amazing people. It's been relatively easy to recruit people to provide their services to GGW -- people are inherently pretty good anyways, and when you toss on top of that the ability to connect with a great group of people, then it looks like a great time. The idea is, GGW can mean people are spending their normal consumption budget on things that help them reach their goals and build the world up and help build the world up at the same time. You give a little, you get a lot, and everyone wins.
The site over at GGW is still rough -- we've got some kinks to work out (the newsletter signup doesn't work yet, there's some front-end polish we need, we haven't created all the pages explaining everything yet), but it's functional and you can go check out the current deal right now. All feedback is very welcome.
Proceeds are going to go to development of Mongolia, particularly education, infrastructure, and children's development through the charity we started -- Children's Plaza Nonprofit Corp, a Massachusetts registered nonprofit with 501(c)3 status applied for and pending. There's some people there that are really smart, hard-working, great people who could use just a bit of a hand in the transition they're going through. We can talk about the narrative another time, we want to help out people who are often living on $200 per month for a family of four. And we met with one of the largest foundations there that was introduced through the American Embassy and has a very good track record of education, development, and honesty and integrity; we'll most likely collaborate on the implementation of projects and programs with them.
Okay, that's it for today -- go check out GiveGetWin.com. Feedback is very welcome. If you'd like to volunteer to work on a day-to-day basis, or you've got a skill, service, or product you'd like to consider providing, do please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- thanks and I'm looking forward to helping you build your life up while helping build the world up.
Congratulations on the Launch. Putting something out there takes cajones - and you will have plenty to improve / fix / adapt along the way, but getting the priorities straight by using us as a feedback mechanism is as good a way as any.
I noticed several typos on the About Us page. You'll weed those out, add some cool photos, you know... tighten it up.
If you don't already have an "Early Adopters Club" you should take some applications (use Google Docs) and see if you can't hook some mentors - people who have an early interest and are willing to chime in early and often with feedback. Then, keep the communication with those folks flowing. They'll help promote and be your eyes and ears out there.
I think it's a very cool idea. My only beef with it is you should charge a bit more. I think the charitable purpose eliminates a lot of pricing objections. I'm sure you'll experiment and see what works.
Edit: I did buy.
yep. Maybe 50% price or something like that.
If you look at classes on skillshare.com, the current pricing isn't too far off market rates.
When trying to sign up for the newsletter I get this error: (newest Safari version, newest Mac OS):
"The newsletter form is not configured properly. Update the newsletter settings in the theme editor in your shop admin."
Edit: Except my bug report I have to say it sounds exciting. Will definitely keep an eye on it!
Hi man, I was about to buy the stepan's class but on the payment there's "including shipping for $20.00."
Why is that, since the class is on skype? Or the price is really 40 dolars?
I didn't find any contact address, so here I'm posting.
If you want to level up your skills, change the world, and connect with amazing people at the same time, volunteer at GiveGetWin.
Hell, "volunteer" sounds all very old fashioned -- what you're going to be able to do is fast-paced, highly enjoyable, high impact, rapidly-skills-imparting stuff and be able to have as much personal responsibility, ability to experiment, and access to amazing people as you can handle.
Here's two roles we're explicitly looking for --
The heart of GiveGetWin is putting great people and companies together with those who are interested in what they’re doing. As a GGW Recruiter, you’ll use your social skills:
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