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Design Altruism Project Arguing With Success

When I moved away from paying work and into probono full-time, I didn’t realise that it would eat at my every available moment. But it has. And that’s my excuse for not keeping up with DWB.

This morning I woke up to an email from David Stairs of the Design Altruism Project. I scanned through, then got stuck into my day job.

Several hours later, Google Alerts jostled me to take another look at what David had cared enough to send.

And it was this look that brought me here. To DWB. To share with you…

Arguing With Success: My concern with the popularity of Facebook design groups and socially conscientious design blogs is that, rather than muster wider awareness, they will cause both a false sense of general accomplishment, and result in donor-fatigue.

The growth of a category of what are called “slacktivists,” people who use their interest in design/politics to justify joining online groups and building websites for remote non-profits, fails to address the world’s problems with feet-on-the-ground solutions.

At the end of the day isn’t it the person with the most mud on his or her shoes, not the one with the most conference speaking engagements, who is doing the important work?

Agree or not, you have to admit that it is certainly something to think about.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go off and rustle up a few generous souls

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