Today, Linkin Park won Rock The Earth’s “Planet Defender Award” (Wall Street Journal Article here). For some reason I was reminded of this great TED video.
Is it wrong for a charity to make money? Do the smartest people avoid working for charities? Is it bad for a charity to advertise? Is there a climate of risk-aversion in the non-profit world? Why do we have no problem with companies putting trillions in their personal pockets from selling throwaway toys, clothes, sneakers, trashy movies, violent video games, cigarettes, alcohol, and so many other things…but it’s somehow not acceptable for a charity to make money?
If we’re talking about protecting the planet, or healing and educating people, I would prefer the job go to a team based on talent and great ideas, not based on lowest cost. Watch the video, and I think you’ll find a new perspective on the important task of making the world better.