April 10, 2012
fastcompany:

The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes

First, the Toms buy-one-give-one model does not actually solve a social problem. Rather, the charitable act of donating a free pair of shoes serves as little more than a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted economic development, health, sanitation, and education solutions.
“What’s wrong with giving away shoes?” you might be thinking. “At least they’re doing something.” The problem, we’ve learned, is when that “something” can do more harm than good.

Read on->

A vitally important question to ask for both consumers and producers: am I actually helping? 

fastcompany:

The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes

First, the Toms buy-one-give-one model does not actually solve a social problem. Rather, the charitable act of donating a free pair of shoes serves as little more than a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted economic development, health, sanitation, and education solutions.

“What’s wrong with giving away shoes?” you might be thinking. “At least they’re doing something.” The problem, we’ve learned, is when that “something” can do more harm than good.

Read on->

A vitally important question to ask for both consumers and producers: am I actually helping? 

  1. primuscapio reblogged this from fastcompany
  2. wingtipsandloafers reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    Well said….
  3. petrbambasek reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    First, the Toms buy-one-give-one model does not actually solve a social problem. Rather, the charitable act of donating...
  4. beautifulmoonlightdreams reblogged this from introvertedactivist and added:
    Very interesting article.
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  7. elephantsandorchids reblogged this from shawnananan and added:
    Fuck Western privilege.
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  11. omygoodness reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    Finally. An article summarizing my issues with such companies like Toms and Warby Parker. These buy one give one...
  12. cavendr reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    As an avid TOMS advocate, I’ve been asking myself on this One Day Without Shoes “What happens when TOMS go out of...
  13. missflower reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    A vitally important question to ask for both consumers and producers: am I actually helping?
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  15. randofernando reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    Should’ve known better
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  18. shawnananan reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    I’ve never owned Toms, but this is an interesting read
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  20. intellichick reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    Just bought myself TOMS, but great points in this FC article regarding the sustainability of the business model and its...
  21. diaryofacomebackqueen reblogged this from fastcompany and added:
    definitely worth reading and forming your own opinion
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