Tuesday, July 22, 2008
New Online Nonprofit For 18-34 year olds; Help With Money, Work, and Health challenges
The SEIU, one of the nation's biggest and most active unions, is taking a new approach toward providing services to and advocating for financially strapped young people. You may never meet a union organizer, but they hope you'll turn to Qvisory for information and tools to help with money, work, and health challenges.
It looks like the website has a lot of useful information. I'll be blogging on the site occasionally (pro bono); they have quite a roster of young bloggers covering these issues very, very well. They also will have political action alerts on issues like credit card regulations, and they're promoting discounts on certain online tools related to budgeting and credit counseling. All in all, this could develop into a very useful resource if it catches on.
I get approaches from people and organizations almost every week who have some kind of idea to do something like this for Generation Debt, and who want me to sign on or become a part of it. I think that keeping it nonprofit is a really good idea, rather than connecting it to a certain product or financial services company. (Although they are endorsing certain products...hmm. Seems like there's always going to be gray areas there). And the connection with a particular type of political organizing that has proven to be very effective in the past is certainly potentially powerful and intriguing. As a matter of policy, I promote collective, progressive political action as well as personal responsibility, even though it alienates the free-market weirdos. You know what? Actually, I hope they are alienated. Enjoy your unregulated economy with no social safety net, guys. It's doing awesome right about now. And if you don't like it...don't read my blog.
Above is a tagcloud from the first report Qvisory released along with their launch, capturing the problems that are most on the mind of Generation Debt, according to their survey. " 55 percent say that their finances, the economic squeeze and money are their biggest problems. "