A crash course in changing the world.
I liked the idea of having to live on $2 a day but found some problems with it. I don't know if this is what i'm supposed to do in terms of 'completing my mission' but screw it, i'll just write about what i've seen. I'm sure i'll get the hang of the game eventually.
As a student i'm not living on much money every week but it's still considerably more than what most people will be living on in the areas being concentrated on in this 'game'.
However, as far as it goes to promoting 'social innovation' i'm not sure where i stand in viewing it as a reasonable idea. 'Westerners' have the means and ability to choose to live on $2 a day, as a social experiment. There are none of the pressures or hardships involved in acquiring the $14 every week to live on, and so i believe that if we take this idea and view it on its own, it is an unsuccessful gateway to understanding the pressures which people living in poverty face every day.
We can go to out to our Tescos and Wal-Marts, buy 'basics' branded items and live on the $14 worth of food we buy a week and say 'ooh that was hard', but it wasn't really. You always had the choice to opt out. There was nothing stopping you from spending the rest of your salary on more food or booze or whatever.
I'm just kind of worried that people will try this social experiment and not take into account the rest of the factors which apply to life in developing countries. I've probably missed the point entirely but i'm sure someone will tell me what i'm doing wrong.