The 1,000 Dollar Donation
Post from March 1, 2008 (↻ June 12, 2021), filed under Everything Else.
A few minutes ago, I donated the 1,000 US dollars I offered in the 1,000 Dollar Comment Game. I rounded the 1,000 dollars to 700 euros and transferred the money to “Selbsthilfe für Wohnungslose e.V.”, Hanover—400 euros directly to the aid group, 300 euros to a voluntary employee so to pay extra work.
The motivation for this measure is simple to explain: Both the 1,000 Dollar Comment Game and its predecessor, the 100 Dollar Comment Game, well, flopped, and donating the money made more sense than waiting till 2009. I did not give the money to an international organization because I think that in a world moving together, local support becomes even more important, and it’s easier to tell what is done with the money. (I don’t necessary mistrust international aid institutions though, as a forthcoming project will show.)
Regardless, many thanks again to the 1,000 Dollar Comment Game sponsors, Mathias Ziegler of Triplemind/Unterkunft.de and Tom Müller of SUP4U, who, thankfully, agreed to this donation. So I hope that we all didn’t only enjoy the experiment (whose development still strikes me) but are also glad that we could help a few people in need.
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So, what was the experiment?
I’ve tried to stimulate people with money once ($100) to submit enlightening videos, but enthusiasm was not very high! All they had to do is submit a video with a thoughtful comment (well, and to figure out an odd diamond like rating scale!).
In my experiment there was no ‘game theory’ involved. Only the quality of comment/video would decide the winner…
I am actually surprised that the number of comments in your game didn’t reach close to hundred. If the game is still on, I think I can mobilize a few people with one email and your game will end within few days!
Well, what is the conclusion of the two games: Do bloggers already have enough money so that they don’t bother about some “tip”, some “silly bucks”?
And since the interest of earning 100 and even 1,000$ has decreased more and more, I think you did the right decission to donate the money for a good cause.
Nice touch jens 😉
Btw, the link to the charity organization is not very useful 😉
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