Rich Harwood, expert in community building & public innovation, says Giving Tuesday is a response to the ubiquitous consumption of Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Minnesota Public Radio - Daily Circuit
Host Kerri Miller
December 2, 2014
Today is Giving Tuesday - one of several efforts to channel American spending behavior in the days following Thanksgiving.
Rich Harwood, an expert in community building and public innovation, says the movement is a response to the ubiquitous consumption of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In a 2012 piece, Harwood explained why he thinks those shopping days are hurting the way Americans give back:
"Our instant gratification impulse has led us to turn away from making long-term investments in our communities, even engaging in conversations about long-term matters. I fear we have fallen prey to the belief nowadays that our common problems can be solved simply by making a quick donation online, signing a petition, or volunteering for an hour here and there."