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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Nov 09, 2021
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Help non-profits focusing on animal welfare collect funds for their operations.
It's basically a hybrid of an idea I had to gamify the process of donating by basing the action of doing so on the model that Tamagotchi was built on and the Big Brother television show. Upon reflection, I also realize that it resembles the way streamers make money on various online platforms already, but I don't think it has been done exactly like I am proposing.
The idea is to simply have cameras filming the animals in the care of the organization and streaming it online. But apart from having a camera on the animal or animals, there would also be a camera focusing on the storage area, medicine cabinet, the cages/pens in which the recovering or diseased animals are kept, etc.
Followers would be able to access any of these streams on different screens.
Each of these screens would also show relevant information such as the amounts needed, the reserves, information about upcoming expenses or renovations, top supporters, etc.
In this way, people can get to know the animals they are paying to be cared for, keep the organizations accountable, see the actual difference their contributions make and feel much more involved in the entire process.
This system could be run like any Patreon or crowdfunding system where donors can choose what exactly they are donating for, and different amounts will earn donors different rewards, like badges, photos, calendars, naming privileges, etc.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Nov 09, 2021
The idea that I originally had that led to the idea of a 24/7 live stream animal welfare crowdfunding channel was to create some sort of hardware that resembles the old Tamagotchis, which would be linked to a specific charity. On this device would be a digital representation of whatever it is that the charity is aiming to assist.
For instance, if it were animal welfare, supporters would receive "Tamagotchi dogs", when the organization needed funds for medicine, the digital dog would become sick, and supporters would be able to donate towards medicine on the device itself and watch the "dog" get better as the goal is reached. Or if the organization's supply of food was running low, the digital dog would become skinny and sad, only having its "bowl" filled when the target has been met.
This would be a good way for non-profit organizations to communicate their needs with supporters while also gamifying the donation process, perhaps entertaining the donors a bit more than the conventional methods.
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa month ago
Kids having these donation Tamagothcis would importune the hell out of their parent's pockets
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Spook Louw
Spook Louwa month ago
Povilas S Definitely, it would need to be password protected and aimed more at young adults.
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa month ago
Spook Louw That's not necessarily bad, I meant it more in a funny sense, but yes maybe implementing those measures would be a smart thing to do.
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The staff might not like being watched by potentially anybody

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Povilas S
Povilas S Nov 10, 2021
A drawback of such 24/7 streaming is that the people working in animal shelters could be watched by potentially anyone online. This might not be a very comforting thought to the staff and it interferes with personal privacy rights. I don't think it would be possible to avoid filming the staff, because they need to feed and otherwise take care of the animals, access the storage rooms, etc.
Maybe only the people who have some affiliations with the shelter could be allowed to watch the stream (e.g. they have donated to it before or have adopted an animal from it). Another solution is for the shelter to only accept workers who wouldn't mind being watched for the sake of improving the welfare of the animals. Another option would be to blur the faces of the staff in the videos, but this would lower the aesthetic value of the whole thing.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louwa month ago
That's a valid point. As a rule, most animal welfare organizations are pretty open to the public already though, so this would simply be an extension of what you are already able to do when visiting such an organization, except you would be able to do it from the comfort of your own home.
Perhaps supporters would have to pay a small subscription simply to be able to watch.
Also, the way I imagined the cameras, they would rarely really capture the humans. You might be able to see them moving in the background or see their feet in a shot, but I would, for the most part, place them at eye-level of the animals, near their sleeping and feeding areas and then perhaps one wider angle in their general play area.
Such a system would also go a long way towards ensuring that staff members never mistreat animals, I think most volunteers would be on board with that idea.
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