Not-for-profit, Yes-for-purpose

Organizations have been part of human life for a long time. To a certain degree, they are a reflection of our intrinsically social nature or, in other words, an expression of our necessity to interact with others in the never-ending pursuit of happiness and meaning.

We usually get together around a certain purpose and, because each of us commonly relates to a number of purposes, we’re often part of various groups: the childhood friends, the soccer team, the political party, the company, you name it.

Each of these groups has its raison d'être and a number of ingredients which are necessary to make it come to life. The soccer team, for instance, might exist so that its members can play together and, for that to happen, they need 11 people, identical jerseys, a ball and an opposing team.

Money is, not surprisingly, a common ingredient for most organizations because it can be transformed into a variety of other necessary ingredients - the material ones, the ones you can buy.

Having said that, it’s kind of odd that despite the richness of purposes people find to get together in organizations, we still put them in just two boxes: the ones striving to accumulate money just for the sake of doing it and, well, “the rest”.

How disrespectful for the rest.

Yes, the rest is not-for-profit. But it is also for-happiness, for-health, for-passion, for-equality, for-fairness, for-sustainability. The rest is the only way out of this rat race that’s destroying us and our planet with it.

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