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Shoppers, Unite! Carrotmobs Are Cooler than Boycotts
Time ^ | May 15, 2009 | Jeremy Caplan

Posted on 05/16/2009 6:32:04 AM PDT by chickadee

Forget sticks, and stick with carrots instead. So says Brent Schulkin, founder of a fledgling movement of activist consumers employing a kind of reverse boycott that he calls a Carrotmob. The concept is simple: instead of steering clear of environmentally backward stores, why not reward businesses with mass purchases if they promise to use some of the money to get greener?

"Traditional activism revolves around conflict," says Schulkin, 28, a San Francisco–based activist turned entrepreneur. "Boycotting, protesting, lawsuits — it's about going into attack mode," says the former Googler and onetime game developer. "What's unique about a Carrotmob is that there are no enemies." The focus is on positive cooperation, using the power of the casual consumer to help save the planet.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; environazis; fruits; greenies; nutcases; nuts; wackjobs
Arugula at homeless shelters and carrot protests. The recession hasn't sunk in with some people.
1 posted on 05/16/2009 6:32:04 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Sometimes a carrot is just a carrot.


2 posted on 05/16/2009 6:34:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Why carrots? Seems watermelon would be more appropriate.


3 posted on 05/16/2009 6:35:41 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: chickadee

And some Dijon mustard or an aubergine and lemongrass coulis


4 posted on 05/16/2009 6:36:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Mr. K

Michelle . . . is that you?


5 posted on 05/16/2009 6:37:30 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Well, I don’t carrot all.


6 posted on 05/16/2009 6:38:24 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: chickadee

I guess that’s how FReepers reward ammo manufacturers.


7 posted on 05/16/2009 6:38:56 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: proxy_user

Good Boy/Girl. (pat, pat)


8 posted on 05/16/2009 6:39:43 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: keats5

Ummmmmm . . . . ?


9 posted on 05/16/2009 6:40:45 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

This is pratice for the next step, lynchmobs.


10 posted on 05/16/2009 6:42:39 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: chickadee

Why don’t they grow their own carrots?


11 posted on 05/16/2009 6:50:27 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: chickadee
Some time a carrot is only a carrot-top and Carrotmob or Virgance is only a nose pick.


12 posted on 05/16/2009 7:18:45 AM PDT by Jack_1
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To: chickadee
Look at the age of the “sheeple” in the pictures. These young adults have no problem being herded at this age because hey have been indoctrinated their whole academic life. They have swallowed hook, line, and sinker the swill of the green mantra. They are the ones the current administration is cuddling into it's fold.
13 posted on 05/16/2009 8:28:34 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: chickadee
Let's see, last week, the media was swooning over the wonderful "Blacks buying black" supposed new national movement. Now, the DSM is waxing euphoric over eco-nuts buying eco-nut.

I want to put coporate America on notice, that I despise all this "buy Green" crap. Where possible, I avoid any product promoted with the "buy Green" nonsense.

14 posted on 05/16/2009 9:12:17 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Obama, the American Allende.)
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To: chickadee
why not reward businesses with mass purchases if they promise to use some of the money to get greener?

Yeah, sure, I promise. I'll use your money to get greener. I promise-promise-promise. Now start spending."
15 posted on 05/16/2009 9:25:43 AM PDT by flowerplough (It's never fun. I hate cheesecake. I hate emoticons. -Danny Donkey, Pearls Before Swine, 3/8/09)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I’m with you. I get a severe case of chapass now at every mention of “green.”

Green has become the standard of overgrown hall monitors who seem to want to control every aspect of life.

I’m fed up.


16 posted on 05/16/2009 9:31:26 AM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: Gulf War One

Do you DO see

Green is the new Red


17 posted on 05/16/2009 9:39:06 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: ASOC

They’re worst than the old communists because there is more of a religious fervor about the whole rotten movement.

Greens are the biggest threat to science since the Enlightenment. Witness “Climate Change.”


18 posted on 05/16/2009 9:45:34 AM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: Gulf War One
LOL

A ‘new’ religion indeed - “Orthodox Luddites” or “NeoLufddites”, “Restored Luddites” or maybe “New Day Luddites.

You could have some fun with this - they are, after all Luddites in the truest sense of the title.

Ned would be proud, except the original Luddites were talented, hard working folks.

What does that make the new age counterfeits?

19 posted on 05/16/2009 10:05:51 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: Gulf War One

For your Chapass, buy the high-tech diapers. :^)


20 posted on 05/16/2009 10:18:08 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Obama, the American Allende.)
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To: chickadee

I love when companies that make money from consumption pretend that they are against consumption, Like NBC/Universal asking everyone to turn off the lights to save electricity, imagine how much electricity we could save if nobody watched NBC


21 posted on 05/16/2009 10:38:12 AM PDT by edzo4 (NoBama 2012)
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