Sadaqa Flashmob

by Taqee Khaled | Mar 20, 2012
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Summary:

Sadaqa is an Arabic noun for a Muslim concept of charity. It has a wide range of acceptable forms, ranging from a simple, sincere smile, to vast material or effort contributions. In the Muslim Ethos, sadaqa is also a means for the giver to remove spiritual impurities from one's "Self" by way of enhancing the lives of others through voluntary giving of time, effort, or materials.

Charity is clearly a widespread concept across humanity and the title of this submission combines the wide definition of “sadaqa” in Islam with the modern social meme of the "flashmob."

The flashmob, briefly, is a planned, highly synchronized, public group activity affecting a localized area with a specific, targeted action. Examples in popular media are often spontaneous dance or choral arrangements in shopping malls, resulting in unexpected scenes that break monotony and social routine.

The idea of a Sadaqa Flashmob is easily evident: allowing diverse groups of individuals to create seemingly sudden public acts of 'sadaqa' in order to spread goodwill through these otherwise unexpected, coordinated acts of giving.

This would be publicized and coordinated through a central website, which would subsequently allow visitors to read descriptions and view multimedia (YouTube) captures of ‘mobbing,’ while tallying dollars (or other relevant measures) given with graphic widgets. Recipients of ‘mob giving’ would ideally receive anonymous notification of having ‘been mobbed.’ Most organizing for this flashmobbing would occur electronically using Twitter, email, and the website.

Managed smartly, the effort could become viral on a wide geographic scale and become a source of organic and intentional distribution of goodwill amongst participants and recipients. There is no limit to the types of activities that could be turned 'mob'-worthy, nor any limit on the diversity of participants.

We all give – why not do it together and in ways that are creative and fun?

Join the mob!

About You

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About You

First Name

Taqee

Last Name

Khaled

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

City

Minneapolis

Innovation

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Title

Sadaqa Flashmob

What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community?

Sadaqa is an Arabic noun for a Muslim concept of charity. It has a wide range of acceptable forms, ranging from a simple, sincere smile, to vast material or effort contributions. In the Muslim Ethos, sadaqa is also a means for the giver to remove spiritual impurities from one's "Self" by way of enhancing the lives of others through voluntary giving of time, effort, or materials.
Charity is clearly a widespread concept across humanity and the title of this submission combines the wide definition of “sadaqa” in Islam with the modern social meme of the "flashmob."
The flashmob, briefly, is a planned, highly synchronized, public group activity affecting a localized area with a specific, targeted action. Examples in popular media are often spontaneous dance or choral arrangements in shopping malls, resulting in unexpected scenes that break monotony and social routine.
The idea of a Sadaqa Flashmob is easily evident: allowing diverse groups of individuals to create seemingly sudden public acts of 'sadaqa' in order to spread goodwill through these otherwise unexpected, coordinated acts of giving.
This would be publicized and coordinated through a central website, which would subsequently allow visitors to read descriptions and view multimedia (YouTube) captures of ‘mobbing,’ while tallying dollars (or other relevant measures) given with graphic widgets. Recipients of ‘mob giving’ would ideally receive anonymous notification of having ‘been mobbed.’ Most organizing for this flashmobbing would occur electronically using Twitter, email, and the website.
Managed smartly, the effort could become viral on a wide geographic scale and become a source of organic and intentional distribution of goodwill amongst participants and recipients. There is no limit to the types of activities that could be turned 'mob'-worthy, nor any limit on the diversity of participants.
We all give – why not do it together and in ways that are creative and fun?
Join the mob!

Impact and Sustainability

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How will your idea have a positive impact on your community?

The impact of Sadaqa Flashmob on the community is multifold.

First, it has the potential for catalyzing faith- and culture-transcendent unification. Specifically, it is a fun and engaging activity that would bring together people of disparate backgrounds in faith and/or culture over an unassailably common value: giving. It might not solve world peace, but it can certainly create, for example, the opportunity for an African-origin Muslim to work side-by-side with a European-origin Atheist, and every possible iteration in-between those combinations. At the end of the day, friendships and professional connections will be formed through planning and dynamic execution of these coordinated acts of group charity and service-giving.

Secondly, the idea, if well managed from an earned media and social media engagement standpoint, has the potential to inspire both participation and ‘copycatting’ on a large scale. When people listen to a story on MPR discussing a Sadaqa Flashmob occurrence and there are Tweets, hashtags, YouTube clips, Facebook ‘likes’ and coordinated Web 2.0 buzz surrounding it, the result will be a generalized community interest in participation or promotion. People will want to suggest the next place that should get ‘mobbed;’ communities can be engaged to spin off their own ‘mobbing’ events and have their video clips posted to the main website. The potential for mass cultural penetration into mainstream society is quite substantial.

Finally, and most importantly, Sadaqa Flashmob is a new and exciting take on a critical institution in human existence, charity, service, and giving, in general. It is merely a new spin on an old practice, but it is exiting enough to inspire both young and old to get reinvigorated to the concept of giving back to those around you ‘just because.’ While holiday seasons are often great times for giving, Sadaqa Flashmob can occur at anytime and therefore make charity a newly energized centerpiece of community action.

What do you think the lasting effect will be if your idea is implemented?

The longevity of most modern flashmob organizations, such as ‘Improv Everywhere’ is hard to gauge. Part of the social disconnect is that a typical flashmob is purposeless, aside from entertainment value. This is why, at the end of the day, it is accurate to say public interest in flashmobs, to date, is much like their interest in entertainment and depends, truly, on the qualities of relevance and execution, as well as the organizational skill of the leadership.

But this is also why Sadaqa Flashmob has the potential for long-lasting effects. As long as organizers of Sadaqa Flashmob continually engage different communities and new participants in order to go after new and varied targets of ‘mobbing,’ the idea will remain relevant and interesting to the community. Most importantly, done well, the Sadaqa Flashmob can be freed of geographic limitations, thus making each new community outside of Minnesota a completely new market entry with a unique flavor and tone, in and of itself.

The lasting effect can be characterized in two ways:

First, it will be an activity whose participants will not soon forget the joys of collective and creative giving, thus creating and reenergizing future leaders in giving and service. By physically bringing together early adopters in the realm of charitable giving, the partnerships and friends gained through working on Sadaqa Flashmob will no doubt be utilized in many other service and community ventures for years to come.

Secondly, and importantly, Sadaqa Flashmob will take its place in a long and continuing tradition of Minnesota leadership in volunteerism and charitable giving. The Sadaqa Flashmob’s viral potential is high, both through organized new market entry in other states, as well as copycat activities that may be inspired by it. Wherever other ‘mobs’ arise, they can look to the Minnesota Idea Open and the people of this state as the source of this leadership.

Carole Schmidt said: Excellent idea, Taqee! Classic giving with a modern twist. Could be big. Good luck! Carole about this Competition Entry. - 2584 days ago read more >
Shafi Khaled said: What I like about this idea are a few things. 1. It is practical, neat/simple, easy to implement 2. It has the potential for ... about this Competition Entry. - 2585 days ago read more >
Deborah Gelbach said: Could this be ANY MORE powerful? I've seen Flashmobs in action --for all kinds of reasons and the ideas they communicate linger on the ... about this Competition Entry. - 2589 days ago read more >
Keith Richard said: What charitable activity is your ideal flash mob? about this Competition Entry. - 2589 days ago read more >
George Colburn said: Taquee: This is a fabulous idea. Spontaneous acts of kindness - planned in advance by the givers but a total surprise to the ... about this Competition Entry. - 2589 days ago read more >

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