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  • Brooke Feldman

    This is something interesting because it's almost identical to the "social media problem" of saying you "like" a cause. You're technically not giving back, just saying you support this way because you're not sure really how to volunteer. Maybe we need to start teaching people what it means to be a volunteer and an activists?

    • Jelena Woehr

      You're in the right place for that! I think the GOOD community can lead by doing and inspire others to follow.

      I've been doing a lot of thinking on what actually inspires people to act in productive ways, and I think the most effective things in my life have been a friend who will share the experience with me, seeing how someone I respect benefitted by doing it, and knowing I could inspire others to act, too. Can we create those motivations for the same people who are currently just "liking" causes? I think so.

    • lauren renee

      This is also a great point, Brooke! Someone recently told me about this same issue, and called it "slacktivism" which I thought was really interesting.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Great points made - voluntourism creates industries around poverty instead of solving the actual issues that lead to poverty. I bet just getting to know a culture is enough to learn how you can help. It's just a matter of listening.

    • lauren renee

      I agree, it seems as though listening is underrated in our world. Sometimes we are so quick to act on things, we don't spend enough time thinking about what it is that we're actually doing.