Think this BBH Labs post about rethinking non-profits is great and thought-provoking. Especially interesting after recently watching the Ted Talk on Collaborative Consumption. It just shows how Time magazine was onto something, naming Collaborative Consumption as one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world (fact via @tanyaholbrook‘s geek treats).
This structure of pairing wants and needs with people that can swap or easily satisfy others’ specific requests can apply to so many things. I just love this non-profit platform idea, and I think that one key benefit of it is the tangibility associated with it. People often feel better and more comfortable about donating and helping when they can see exactly what/who it is they are helping or what benefit they’re adding. With a platform like this one suggested by Radia, someone could easily help a number of individuals every year or month even, knowing exactly how he/she helped and exactly who he/she helped. And drawing from the Ted Talk, I wonder how this could play into the idea of reputation currency in the future. Whether you would have different types of reputation currency indicating trustworthiness with bartering, involvement in philanthropic deeds, the list could go on? Overall, I cannot wait to see more and more great twists on this idea of Collaborative Consumption.