wstoody1 asked: “Would you be more likely to buy an article of clothing or an accessory, that is similarly priced to its competitors, if a portion of the sale went to a nonprofit in order to help developing nations? Would you pay a little more for this product, knowing your purchase was helping those in need?”
Here are a few perspectives from Millennials in our Edelman 8095 global liaison network. Want to ask your own question to our network? Ask here.
"Yes if it was similarly priced to a competitor’s product.
If it is more expensive and it was for a short term promotion, I am likely to hesitate if the product essentially remains unchanged (other than packaging). I’m actually skeptical of whether the money reaches its intended recipient and would require that the nonprofit/charity that is channeling the funds is a reputable one.
Where a product is launched directly for a cause, I would definitely pay more. For example, for a very long time, I wanted the red MOTORAZR V3 that was released as part of the (PRODUCT) RED campaign in 2007. I still do. I would pay a bit more for this product vs. the same model but in a different colour that doesn’t support a cause.
And finally, where a cause is tied directly to the quality of the product/supply chain (e.g. a sustainable business), I would pay a premium. Especially, when it’s food-related, e.g. coffee, milk etc.”
"I absolutely would. Especially for clothing, it would be important that the style and design is comparable as well but I would be much more inclined to purchase if I knew that it would benefit a cause I care about. I would also, within reason, pay more. If the price was drastically different or the design was not something I thought would suit me, I would likely just donate to the cause directly. Kate Spade had a really great program (I’m not sure if it’s still running) that partnered its designers with local crafters in developing nations. I loved the integration because it was not just a monetary donation to a cause; the purchase of the items produced for the program were an investment back in those crafters’ businesses and a sustainable means of helping them and their families."
"I constantly aspire to be more philanthropic and if I can kill two birds with one stone by paying just a bit more for something I alerady want/need, then I will definitely choose that option."
"Absolutely! Yes! For me, if the quality was equivilant to what I was going to buy, I would be willing to buy the brand that contributed to some sort of good and even would consider paying a little more. I already do this to a certain degree."
"I would ONLY buy this article of clothing, or accessory, if money went to a SPECIFIC cause I cared deeply about – not just a large bucket cause like “developing nations”. If my mind is set on a specific brand I’m 9 times out of 10 going to purchase what I had been envisioning on my way to the store. However, if it went to the cause I cared most about – LGBT activism, specifically."
Please note: not all questions submitted to “Ask a Millennial” will be answered given the volume of requests.
After Jeanette’s 365 post yesterday, I kept thinking about what the idea of marriage means to us. Our 8095 Live community started a discussion around this topic as well and I wanted to share a few of their perspectives and hear from you! As a Millennial, what does marriage mean to you? -Amanda, 24, US
"I always wanted to get married growing up. I am currently happily married with our first baby on the way & wouldn’t have chosen any other way. My husband is amazing. For the people out there that are truly looking for LOVE & willing to commit to a lifetime of faithfulness should get married. Unfortunately so many people these days are almost abusing the privilege of being able to wed. The divorce rate is astronomical & it really makes me sad. My parents were divorced when I was very young which was extremely hard on me as a child. My family was always there for me, but unfortunately I didn’t grow up seeing my mom & dad loving each other. It is important we teach our children not to take marriage lightly & to learn how to experience TRUE love with someone who will treat them RIGHT." -Millennial in 8095 Live
"If you’re single and want to remain single, then there’s nothing wrong with that. Maybe the right guy/girl might come along and change your mind once you’re older. Right now I prefer to be single because there is no way I can handle having a husband right now. And kids? NO WAY lol :)" -Millennial in 8095 Live
"I believe being married and having a family is one of the most important things in life depending on the person. Marriage and children are not for everyone. People should want to do what they are comfortable with. My parents just lived together and were never married." -Millennial in 8095 Live
Erin, 24, US has responded and says, “I don’t want to get married until everyone can get married and have it be recognized equally. Love is love.”
quentinmahe says, “Although we still aspire to it, there is a growing number of external factors threatening the legitimate perfect balance of the marriage.
I wonder if people really know what the definition of crowd-funding is. Or, if there’s even an agreed upon definition of what it is.
We haven’t actively supported the use of the term because it can provoke more confusion. In our case, we focus on a middle ground between patronage and commerce. People are offering cool stuff and experiences in exchange for the support of their ideas. People are creating these mini-economies around their project ideas. So, you aren’t coming to the site to get something for nothing; you are trying to create value for the people who support you.
“The concept of social identity seems to address the fascination of Tumblr that’s not happening with the other social networks. People are sharing these extensions through a different prism. Instead of creating multiple-identities, it appears as if Tumblr fosters both our voyeuristic tendencies (looking in on someone’s Tumble posts) and our expressionist ones (exhibiting your personality via what you decide to share, be it video, audio, text, links, thoughts, or whatever), allowing users to represent themselves in a more complete and dynamic way. Tumblr is positioned to be the antithesis of Twitter and Facebook because it’s a platform for the cross-section of the open digital generation, one that believes in watching and exhibiting. And cats.”—
“There’s comfort in a lack of permanence. We find comfort in the ability to change our own situation. You have rash decision-making flexibility when you’re young and there’s comfort in that and there’s comfort in the ability to move.”—
Jessi (TKTC) said this in a meeting a while back. “Comfort in a lack of permanence” just seems like the most perfect statement at the moment. Last night, Jessi, along with a group of about seven other friends in our generation, grabbed wine after work and talked about this very subject- how uncertainty and a sense of “excitement mixed with fear” is an intoxicating aspect of being twentysomething.
“We’re “view all 4360 news articles”. We’re 140 characters or less. We’re instant. We’re now. We’re questions and we’re answers. We’re scared. We’re sleep-ins and we’re late nights. We’re Friday nights and we’re Sunday beers. We’re chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Above all else, we’re the future, and while I will postulate that we’re really good, we’re also the future, and that’s a responsibility that unfairly plagues every generation at some point.”—
Spot on post by britticisms (Photo also from britticisms):
"A text message is the way we communicate without having to go through the burden of verbal communication. Speaking makes us vulnerable. It happens instantly and there is a limited barrier of control. I tell my friends to drop budding relations where communication by text is the only form of communication outside of sporadic face-to-face interactions. Text messages are limiting and limited - 160 characters, abbreviations, symbols, cliche phrases substituting for more elaborate thoughts.
The perfect way to avoid a friend is by text. Voicemails don’t normally go missing but it’s easy to miss a text, or to get one and read it and forget about it. Rarely does one remember a sentence largely comprised of LOLs and OMGs. They all start to blend. With a voicemail, I must sit with the message, listen to what was being said and how it was being said.
The easiest way to avoid pain is through a text. The idea of a text can seem quite absurd. It’s you I’m communicating with, but not really. If I ask something of you, and you decline, a part of me feels as though the communication never happened, and the pain of rejection is therefore less real. You said this to me, but not totally.
The easiest way to create pain is through a text. The lack of nuance, the distance in the gesture can make an, “I’m sorry. I think we should break up,” a form of punishment. Our relationship, or the end of it, can be articulated in LESS than 160 characters. What I mean to say is true, and the only way I can say it is precisely, and without emotion, and as quickly as possible. Here are my thoughts. I don’t have very many. Take them for what they are.”
“The flaw in our character is our insistence on separating blue-collar jobs from white-collar jobs, and encouraging one form of education over another. Why do we value one above the other, when our future depends upon both?”—
“And the internet is nothing if not the illusion of infinite choices, homogenized into a browser-friendly format — the apotheosis of Our World. The seemingly bottomless well of choice pressures us to keep dredging more things up to want and pursue, but satisfaction of these streamlined desires now moves almost at the speed of thought; conceiving a desire is virtually tantamount to extinguishing it. The pace of novelties and choices continues to accelerate, but they carry less and less joy. There is barely enough space in time to sigh and say, “Next.”—