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Can The Metaverse Fix Our Generosity Crisis?

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A disturbing documentary titled Childhood 2.0 Told through eye-popping interviews with both parents and children, it offers first-hand perspectives on how living online, especially through social media, has changed childhood forever.

Spoiler alert: It’s worse than you can imagine.

At one point, a teenage girl explains how courtship works today. Her interviewer asks her how she knows she’s “dating” someone. “Guys say you’re pretty hot.” are not combined.”

The decline in face-to-face interaction is not trivial for society. It doesn’t just destroy love. It’s obliterating our sense of community.

Years before Facebook even twinkled in the eyes of Mark Zuckerberg, political scientist Robert D. Putnam wrote Bowling Alone: ​​The Fall and Revival of American SocietyAround the 1950s, the explosion of another innovation, television, reduced civic participation. “Americans are right that our community ties are weakening,” he wrote. “And it is right to fear that this transformation will have very real costs.”

One of these very real costs is a drastic reduction in philanthropy. 2019 marked the lowest giving level since Giving USA (GUSA) released his detailed national philanthropy statistics 40 years ago. Today, less than half (49.6%) of Americans donate to charity.

If this rate continues to decline, we can expect the following in the next few years:

· Clinics will stop offering free health checks.

· Lack of funds robs us of our cultural birthright by canceling performances of plays, operas and symphonies.

· Homeless shelters will be closed and the poor will be left to fend for themselves.

· Welfare services cease operations and expose at-risk children to abuse.

· Scientific exploration stops at many observatories and laboratories.

The specter of such catastrophes is the subject of a new book I have co-authored with philanthropist insiders Nathan Chappell and Brian Crimmins. The Crisis of Generosity: A Case for Radical Links to Solve Humanity’s Greatest Challenges (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).

The book was officially released today.has already been cited in magazines such as Chronicle of Charityargues that a nation of adults and children living and working online 24/7 has lost the social ties that made unprecedented American generosity possible.

In a nation of atomized citizens whose lives are mediated through ubiquitous screens, we no longer know how to talk to each other, much less to build and maintain communities. exacerbated this already dire situation. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of countless celebrations and in-person fundraising activities.

all right. Enough fate and gloom. What if innovation could restore generosity? By meeting online, specifically in the Metaverse, radical connection, Does our term imply a deep, visceral affinity for tissue that can last a lifetime?

The penultimate chapter of our book depicts a future in which two twenty-somethings, Simon and Claudine, don’t meet in person at a charity event like previous generations did. Instead, connect in virtual reality.

Living in different parts of the United States, they connect online in haptic suits that allow them to feel the thrill of a full-on gala. This is a celebration of hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to support young female entrepreneurs in Vietnam as part of Mastercard. CARE Ignite Program.

Here is an excerpt from crisis of generosity:

As he prepared to log off the call, Simon felt a tap on his shoulder. Turning around, he saw the avatar of Claudine, his fellow donor he had met on Zoom. For a moment he was speechless. She shone in her long green gown. Her brown hair curled down to her bare shoulders.

“Do you want to dance?” she asked when the band started in the mood.

The real Simon was too shy to say yes. The last time he tried to dance was during a disastrous prom his date. But it felt safer to participate virtually. He grabbed Claudine’s arm and entered the dance floor. Standing alongside another couple, he and Claudine gave themselves over to the music.

“You’ve done this before,” Claudine smiled.

“Not much. Never in cyberspace.”

“Not me. But it sure is fun.”

Simon quickly forgot about himself. Dripping her Claudine’s perfume, he had her dance on her floor, supported by her virtual orchestra. With her smile, she kept up with his footwork. When her song ended, Simon surprised the two by dipping her in the back for her applause.

“Will you kiss me?” Claudine looked up at him.

Before the year was over, this encounter became the material for a wedding toast to the happy bride and groom. I repeated the details to my three children.


What we point out in this book is that Simon and Claudine’s romantic story inspired children. It became part of their family. mythologyTheir children, and later their children’s children, were greatly influenced by this story, embracing the tradition of giving, making generosity part of their family identity, and pre-paying kindness. Like ripples, such benevolence spread to other generations, and even if, centuries later, it is still impossible to pinpoint exactly when such generosity came into being, the next had an impact on

Now, it may sound strange to suggest that tomorrow’s technology can restore social cohesion.Example: meta Own internal investigation “32% of teenage girls said they feel sick on Instagram when they feel bad about their bodies.”

however, teeth Technology can act as a double-edged sword. That is, do harm and good. His one such example is from an organization for which his co-author Nathan Chappell is senior vice president. Donor search.

For years, companies that help fund-raising nonprofits have used two main strategies, known as the legacy model.

  1. Spray and Pray: Also known as the “shotgun approach,” it typically involves mass mailing appeal letters to various zip codes asking for donations.
  2. Target wealthy prospects: Excessive focus on high net worth individuals using asset data such as real estate holdings and SEC filings.

DonorSearch has pioneered a different approach by employing AI to identify and target prospects based on factors far beyond net worth. The company analyzes donor behavior along multiple axes to identify potential donors who are far more likely to donate larger amounts than their past behavior would suggest. For example, it helps identify donors who may have a strong personal affinity for your nonprofit — people with radical ties to your cause.

return Childhood 2.0 And so many disheartening — okay — depressing documentaries of the last few years (great hack, Requiem for the American Dream, social dilemmaetc.), you want to raise your hand. Succumb to illusion. Even nihilism.

It is a wrong view of the challenges of our time.

Instead, let us use our challenges as a growth mechanism. Or, as Winston Churchill once said, “Never waste a good crisis.” Tell a new story about

In this updated narrative, technologies like the Metaverse, along with other advancements such as AI and big data, don’t have to act as permanent interpersonal barriers. Rather, with the right mentality, they would—and should— can be used to build stronger relationships. To support our human family.

Likewise, instead of succumbing to a fatalistic view of diminishing future prospects in our brave new age, let us expand our mindset. Here are three ways there are:

● Life-saving remote robotic surgery can be performed in many locations to assist those who lack access to medical opportunities.

● Special Olympics competitions have the potential to enable greater participation of people who might otherwise not be able to participate.

● Donors can monitor and support efforts to build homes for the poor from the comfort of their living rooms.

These examples just scratch the surface of what is possible if we think differently about technology-enhanced generosity. Most importantly, open your mind and rethink what you can do.Marry a senior for the time being When The new offers tomorrow’s nonprofits and charities a chance to fight with Radical Connection to solve our generosity crisis.

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