Claire Berlinski is very pleased with the response to the GoFundMe page in support of her new book ($9700 as of this writing) as well as the strong interest in the crowdfunding investment possibility.
A conversation between Claire and her brother Mischa suggests some grounds for cautious optimism about the future of this country:
Mischa Berlinski: You know, America is really generous. This wouldn’t happen anywhere else.
Claire Berlinski: I was just thinking that exactly. Exactly. This is really what makes America different from any other country.
Mischa Berlinski: Although … I have the Italian gofundme site up, and there are lots of well-funded Italian projects too.
Claire Berlinski: But Italians wouldn’t think to build a site like GoFundMe. Do you realize what a successful company they’ve become because they began with the assumption that it’s just human nature to be giving and generous? They built a whole company around it.
To which Claire added in her Ricochet post:
Americans can take pride in having a culture where entrepreneurialism is valued and figuring out new ways to do things is an everyday occurrence. Our generosity and optimism are so taken for granted that a company like GoFundMe can build a thriving business around the idea that people are naturally giving and they naturally like helping each other.
Can you imagine getting people to invest in a company like GoFundMe in any other country? I can’t. The concept would sound insane to investors anywhere else. Our high level of social trust, the way we love and encourage innovative ideas, our impulse to charitable giving and helping each other — all of that’s American to the core.
For all its imperfections and challenges, ours is, genuinely, an exceptional country. Does seeing evidence of that make you feel as confirmed in that thought and as hopeful as it does me?
Well, does it? What say you? I’d like comments from all, but particular from those who live or have spent considerable time outside the US.