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006: "Every person is a person"
What do Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, and Paul Farmer, co-founder of nonprofit Partners in Health (PIH), have in common? They both believed strongly in the beauty and value of every human on our planet.
For those of us who want to leave a positive impact on the world, Paul Farmer basically wrote the textbook by the life he lived. His accompaniment model healed patients by connecting healthcare workers with patients, but he also believed strongly that many of the world’s issues stem from a failure of imagination. By expanding the things we see as possible, our problems may not be as large as they appear today.
In the past, organizations defined themselves by whether they served businesses or consumers directly. But in the last few years, leaders are realizing that individual people are the decision makers and that the most effective marketing involves understanding those individual’s needs instead of thinking of them as some vague group like a business or a consumer.
A community is the driving force behind a movement. If you want your organization to scale and make a larger impact, you’ll need to harness the power of communities. One thing to keep in mind: you can’t launch a community because those people are already out there. The most important thing you can do is start doing the hard work of sharing value with those people.
We’ve spoken with some of the top nonprofit marketers out there — Brady Josephson at Charity: Water and Taylor Hebble at Hope for Haiti — and we’ve unpacked some of the strategies they’ve used to expand and nurture their communities to create greater impact.
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Liquid Death, a company that sells canned water, is now valued at $700 million. Over 300 of their devoted customer base have even gone so far as to tattoo the logo on their bodies.