I’ve been having a look at the much heralded new Pledge facility on RiV2. It’s not very popular is it. It’s been available now for 2½ months and there are nine in all, but four of those were already on the system when it went live, so are obviously a relic of internal testing.
But I think there is a problem with the structure.
The format is:
I will [do this] but ONLY if [n] [people] will [do this].
That’s not how volunteering works. Emotional blackmail doesn’t work in real life let alone on the anonymous internet.
If I want to do something I will do it. If I don’t, I won’t. If I want to change all my lightbulbs to energy efficient ones, I will do so regardless of whether I can convince n other people to join me. Similarly if I want to pop down the road and check on those elderly people I know who live on their own to see if they are OK for milk and bread during the cold weather, I will do that. I am NOT, not going to do it just because I can’t get n other people to say they are going to follow suit on RiV2. That’s bx.
I didn’t say I will start this site ONLY if 10 other people join me. I started it, I invited other people and some more asked to join. That’s how the voluntary sector works.
If it’s worth doing, then do it. Set an example. Lead. Show the way. Be the Pied Piper and others will follow.
I AM going to [do this]. If you do so too, it will make a difference.
Note: this all goes to show how inept our masters are when it comes to understanding us and the way we interact with each other. They are probably “sociologists”?