There are many socially conscious companies out there that are based on the model that for every item purchased, the same item is given to someone in need – Buy 1, Give 1 (B1G1 or BOGO). Think TOMS shoes. But the problem with many of the existing companies, including TOMS, is that they actually create competition with local producers and thus create job loss and economic strife in areas that are poverty-stricken to begin with. Seems pretty counter-intuitive to the whole feel-good marketing, doesn’t it? But that’s how TOMS works, among other companies.
Just Porter is trying to do something different. It still wants to use the B1G1 model, but ensure that the local economy is a direct partner in the production process, creating a sustainable way out of poverty that does not rely on donations and values local craftsmanship and talent.
PIKO backpack – a bottom line with a social end that actually supports local communities
Just Porter makes cool (very practical, stylist and affordable) backpacks and for every backpack sold, a backpack filled with school supplies in given to a child in need in the Philippines. It would be great to see something like this in the US, Brazil, and well, there are a lot of countries where such a company could really take off.
Have you heard of the Texas Young Democrats? Neither had I. When I came across their organization recently, I was excited that 1) there was another organization supporting political engagement for young people and 2) that these young Texans are not afraid to be blue and proud in a red state.
Caption on Texas Young Democrat’s facebook page: Kim and Britney have done a lot more to destroy the “sanctity of marriage” than our LGBT friends and family.
One of the classic arguments levied against support for gay marriage is that it destroys the sanctity of traditional marriage. But the Texas Young Democrats have it right; there are plenty of heterosexual couples who don’t necessarily present the virtuous, Christian ideal upheld by some anti-gay-marriage advocates. Allowing others to love each other will not have any impact on your ability to love your own partner, which should be your concern anyway. The sanctity of marriage argument may stem from fear of having to share what was until recently considered a privilege for heterosexual couples. But we’re moving to an era where that privilege is recognized as a right, and rights are for everyone.
Yes, that idea must be scary for some. But alas, that is the story of all human rights movements: what was previously considered exclusive (education, sitting at the front of the bus, voting, etc.) becomes universal…