Pay what you want

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Two organizations I respect the hell out of are doing this.

First, there’s GOOD.

‘Media for people who give a damn.’

However much you decide to pay, 100% of it goes to one of their twelve non-profit partners — and you get to choose which one (I just re-upped our subscription and gave $20 to Kiva).

In addition to all the GOOD online content, you get a one-year subscription to GOOD magazine — six print issues — which is why this is such a GOOD gift for like-minded family and friends.

(Note: giving GOOD as a gift costs $20.)

But you get all sorts of compelling content — like this recent piece on everybody’s new favorite MD (or at least mine) Jay Parkinson and Hello Health — plus infograhics galore and design from Open.

And, if you haven’t broken your Starbucks habit yet, every Thursday while you’re picking up your triple grande latte or whatever, you can also pick up a GOOD sheet for free.

Here’s a peek at No. 11:

goodsheet

Go ahead: sign up, pay what you want!

Example two: Available Light [Theatre].


Historically, I’m not much of a theater guy.

And I’ve got no excuse — except for that I’m a bit uncultured, maybe.  It’s just never really been on my radar.

That all changed (not the uncultured bit) back in September when I saw Available Light eulogize David Foster Wallace live at Independents’ Day.

THEN I realized it was time to start paying attention.

(You should, too, and you can start by subscribing to their RSS feed, connecting with them on facebook, and/or following them on twitter.)

(You can also follow Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh here.)

But so they’ve got a gig coming up called Foolin’ around with Infinity on 12/19 and 12/20, at Denison, and I was checking it out and saw this:

I asked Matt about it last week, via email, and he said (quoting without permission — sorry, Matt):

Pay What You Want is something I wanted to do forever. We tried it earlier this year and it was a huge hit… So we’re sticking with it. I think it’s better for everyone.

Pretty revealing about the level of confidence in the value of their work, don’t you think?

(The word ‘ballsy’ comes to mind, but I don’t think that’s quite right.)

So I’m going to the show on 12/20.

And I haven’t figured out how much I want to pay yet, no.

But I’m going.

And I’m already thinking about the value of the experience, in advance, and how I might best make a meaningful contribution, support-wise.

So… who wants to come with me?

It’ll be fun.  We’ll pay what we want!

[Note: There are two non-profits you’re going to be hearing A LOT about in ’09.  BOTH are dedicated to bringing healthy, organic, locally-grown goodness to Columbus:

  1. Available Light
  2. Local Matters

The question isn’t DO you want to get involved.  The question is HOW INVOLVED do you want to get?]

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