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Humanitarian Crisis
era group score: 20018
total group score: 66546
total players: 103

Tasks / Middleman

Collect donations of goods or currency on behalf of a victim of the Crisis. You must not have a prior relationship with either the donors or the recipient.

You may retain a portion of the donations to cover the structural costs of The Humanitarian Crisis Group.

1 to 100 players
15 points
Level 1
In the zone of: Humanitarian Crisis

Terms: (none yet)

0 completed :: 9 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


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posted by Flea on September 28th, 2008 12:07 PM

Task 6!

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posted by GY√ė Ben on September 28th, 2008 1:40 PM

Seriously? This is a horrible task.

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posted by Darkaardvark on September 28th, 2008 1:41 PM

"Retain a portion of the donations"? You're really advocating people raising money for some good cause and then keeping a cut for themselves?

That's really messed up. I hope no one here would do that anyways.

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posted by rongo rongo on September 28th, 2008 2:26 PM

I would hope that people would retain a portion in a highly selective manner for the greater good. Like, if you were collecting get well cards from strangers to pass along to sick people in the hospital, it would make a lot of sense to retain any cards that had rude messages. Or if you collected canned goods, and someone donated home canned items of dubious edibility, you might not want to be handing them out.

Fundraising? More like FUNraising! +6
posted by Waldo Cheerio on September 28th, 2008 2:39 PM

I don't understand your moral outrage. Find someone who is a victim of a humanitarian crisis, and beg, borrow, or steal to fix their problem. This could be through an already established charity you find aligns itself well with HC priorities. You may attempt to cover your own costs, or invest in an infrastructure of future humanitarian aid. Long discussions often stem from the notion that SF0 should get us tasking outside of our comfort zone, and forcing us to enter the competitive world of charity would likely put us well off-kilter. The manner of collecting donations could be anything -- go play a poorly tuned guitar out on the street corner. Find corporate sponsorships for your effort to help someone. Take a courier flight out to the victim. Acquiring capital is a necessary step towards many fruitful ends, and our stated opposition to "alienated labour demanded under capitalism" does not run contrary to the spirit of this task.

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posted by Burn Unit on September 30th, 2008 11:36 AM

I need a tee shirt that says

I Don't Understand Your Moral Outrage

I need one like, today

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on September 28th, 2008 4:05 PM

This task is the epitome of the Humanitarian Crisis.

I suggest completing it.

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posted by Minch on September 28th, 2008 6:11 PM

I really find myself discouraged at the tasks appearing in this era.

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on September 29th, 2008 7:43 AM

Are they too difficult?

posted by praximity on September 29th, 2008 2:06 PM

they're too easy. too open ended. its easy to get used to the strict instructions of most higher level tasks, and then have nothing once the "skill level" has dropped.

long live low level tasking!

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posted by Minch on September 29th, 2008 2:14 PM

I think that is a fair assesment. I think also I am getting used to a new start. When I came into the game last era there were tons of tasks, so the ones I didn't feel drawn to I could ignore because there were so many to pick from. I find myself missing that, as the current takss just aren't sparking my interest.... but I have faith, and I love the game and players, so I will hang in there.

You are wonderful Dax. That I have no concerns about.

Zero leveling.
posted by Absurdum on October 1st, 2008 3:50 AM

I've been really enjoying trolling through the retired tasks and going nuts zero-leveling stuff. (Ooops, when I say I I mean my other persona "Mr Everyday"). You don't get points, and the way I'm doing it I have to keep photos to a minimum, but it's good fun.

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posted by Myrna Minx on September 28th, 2008 6:19 PM

this task ROCKS.

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posted by Luai Lashire on September 29th, 2008 2:52 PM

Inspiration: (skip the first half, it's unrelated)

I like taking sides +1
posted by Burn Unit on September 30th, 2008 11:40 AM

This comments thread has liberated me to start taking sides: I'm on the side of Myrna, Dax, and Waldo.
No offense to you lovelies, but I've decided that under such circumstances that means I'm not on the side of Minch, Darkaardvark, and Ben. This decision should not be thought of as having long term implications beyond the scope of today's discussion. I guess.

I like disagreeing with all sides at once. +1
posted by teucer on September 30th, 2008 12:57 PM

I think the task is only as horrible as its implementation. And that this is true of every task. But it does have some horrible potential...

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posted by Darkaardvark on September 30th, 2008 1:09 PM

I disagree with the fact that I'm on a side?

Vive le lack of revolution!

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posted by Absurdum on October 1st, 2008 3:52 AM

I'm a pyrhonian skeptic, so I never know WHAT side I'm on. Course that means you can just keep changing sides to suit yourself.

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posted by Quadlex on May 23rd, 2010 10:04 PM

Establishing a set of "things that can't be done in a horrifying manner" isn't nesscessarily a great way to design activities.

There's a potential for horror in everything. EVERYTHING. It's *{blah blah}* part of being human *{blah blah blah}* crisis *{blah blah blah}* personal responsibility *{blah blah bloh}* ethical behavioural standards *[blah blah}* And that's why we can't go back to Arizona.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on March 21st, 2009 3:34 PM

You know, I just now realized that this was my honest-to-God JOB for the last 7 months (barring this month abroad).

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posted by Mistress MeiMei on September 15th, 2009 3:33 PM

how so? you worked as an aid worker?