We all continue to struggle under the boot of the George W. Bush economy. Nonprofits are included.
The ones that survive have needed to find creative ways to raise funds. Now, they're locking people in cages for our viewing enjoyment.
Inside a "cage" is Ben. Ben works for Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a former colleague of mine at Bedlam. (I am no longer associated with Bedlam.)
Bedlam is a radical, edgy place, as its name implies. They've put on original, award winning works about turduckens made by renaissance fest rejects and mermaids plotting to kill Salvador Dali. So, it's not a surprise they'd raise money by creating a 24 hour live stream of a guy in a cage.
Why would you watch a guy in a cage? Well, there's more. They started the stream with multiple people rehearsing a play and mock "bear" fights and talking about what they're going to do with the funds. It's educational and interesting. At times.
The day is part of a statewide, online giving campaign, called Give to the Max. Nonprofits across Minnesota are asking donors for money during this 24 hour period. Many donations are matched. I created my own fundraising page for my favorite nonprofit. Here's Bedlam Theatre's page.
I care about this nonprofit. I know these people. So I don't think I can objectively evaluate this approach. So...
Is this an appropriate way to raise money? Is it a sign of the degradation of our reality TV society? Or is it an edgy way to raise a little bit of much needed money?