I accidentally signed a petition and immediately asked them to remove my name (Sat). Monday, they replied that "that they apologize" that "that option is not available." To me this is entirely a safety issue, but for most, the problem of Change.org is that it leveraged progressive activists as a non-profit to position itself for multi-million dollar investments from "venture capital angel investors."
Others have attempted to remove their names for much the same reasons, and some have been threatened by the target recipients when the lists were delivered (mine has not yet been delivered).
CEO and founder Rattay admits that progress was never the goal, profits were. He defines defective dominance by a) defining a fraction of a cent of profit as more important than a person's safety, and misleading the public about it.
The organizations who use Change.org, such as Amnesty International, will not stop using it despite its being purely mercenary. This, in my view puts them in the same psychological and social categories that I am grouping as "defective dominance." Going further with this, Change.org needs to be stopped as it, more than any other entity, defines "the problem within the solution" that defines the critical inquiry into the dialectic that is occupy critical inquiry.
Admitted deception by CEO Rattay:
- "Change.org did not plan to reach out to its base of progressive users about the change" to a non-progressive business model
- "Rattray has also recently been meeting with a number of well-known venture capital firms"
- "Nothing big was ever achieved by taking the safe option" while talking about firings based on the shift from progressive to profit
Clay Johnson, an author and expert on using social media for fundraising, said he had "huge problems" with the Change.org model. "It's dangerous to monetize "change' because there's an economic incentive to sensationalize."
Daily Kos author: "The only way this works for them financially is if they start hiring campaigners to run conservative campaigns working counter to everything we believe." (Acutally, Daily Kos seems suspicously pro-gun, hmmm...)
Change.org creator Ben Rattray self-describes: I had "no real ambitions beyond a career in investment banking"
Ben Rattray (Change.org CEO) said his firm is profitable and hopes to bring in tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue within a few years" making "money by running campaigns for advocacy groups such as Amnesty International"