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You don’t have to be a nonprofit to have an ethical company that makes a positive contribution to society. “Anything less” than a nonprofit is certainly not a “lose-lose.”
To your repeated suggestion that we reread your message demanding that Mark become a nonprofit, my own personal response is that I’ve already read it, thanks.
On Dec 29, 2020, at 10:16 AM, Mike Hanauer via groups.io <MGHanauer@...> wrote:
Please read again my main points about trust and common good.
Nobody is suggesting anyone work for free or anything less than reasonable wage. Nobody. Even those running non-profits and B corporations often do quite well. We can have a good platform that considers trust and the common good and rewards all involved -- in monetary and non-monetary ways. That is called a win-win. I believe anything less will turn into a lose-lose.
See below what I and other believe must be turned around.
Consider Better, not Bigger. So many advantages. Just ask. USA adds a Chicago to our overpop each year.
"Still more population growth is not our way to a healthy community, a healthy planet, OR enjoyable cycling."
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 10:52:09 AM EST, Mike Hanauer via groups.io <mghanauer@...> wrote:
Hi Mark and All,
First, thank you for creating a groups platform that has been a refreshing change from the usual. However,
I think the new model, and even changing the model in this way, will be good for Google and bad for Groups.io, Mark, and society. It's not just a model change - it feels like a signal of a changed philosophy and value system. It feels too like a trust issue.
Here are my concerns,
- Many have moved their groups to Groups.io because of the perceived notion that it can be trusted as offering a platform that truly values its customers and the common good. That trust is critical.
- Changing the model in itself creates doubt about trust. This feels like profit creep, like bait and switch.
- There are many groups of over 100 members that are wonderful community groups. Trying to charge these groups is a problem in many ways, especially with alternatives available.
- Groups grow. Going over 100 (or whatever number) now will become a burden.
- The fact that existing groups will be grandfathered is a recognition of this fact.
I urge you to see the big picture here.
Personally, I have been recommending Groups.io to potential moderators. With the new philosophy, I can no longer do so. It is feeling like bait and switch. It is feeling like just another business. I urge you to rescind the change, reconsider the values you really value, and get more creative. I think understanding customer values and trust is crucial.
I offered the following recently. It resulted in no comment, but I do feel that it should be discussed and considered as an alternative that will bring to credibility to Mark and the Groups.io platform
Mike Hanauer via groups.io <mghanauer@...>
I believe Groups.io is an important resource for our society.
How about considering becoming a non-profit and asking for donations similar to what Wikipedia does to fill in the shortfall, at least for those who are not profit making businesses?
AllTheBest and thanks for listening.
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