Thork

I don't know how to broach this subject or bring it up, but with all the discussions, I think now is the time and it ties in with everything we are trying to do.

You can register a society officially in many capacities. As a Financial Society (in the UK that would be with the bank of England via the FSA). As a friendly society - again with the B of E for the purposes of making investments for widows, pensioners or kids in trust.

But you can also register charities. And I've always thought this is something that the flat earth society could do, and would give us a real purpose. I mean, we have a great name, a thing people want to engage in, we could make money from merchandise and other ancillaries. And it would give our society a real purpose other than trying to swim against the stream telling everyone the earth is not flat.

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I've not really mentioned it on here before but in my private life I do quite a bit of charity work. I'm actually Vice-Chairman of my local round table. In about 8 months I will be Chairman. I organise all kinds of events from archery competitions (2 weeks from now) to a sleigh thing each year that raises about £5k which we give to local causes. The disabled sports centre, education monies, dream flights etc etc all for people in my area.

I just think this is something the flat earth society is geared up to do already, and is something we can be proud of. This isn't something I'd mess around with. I'm very focussed when it comes to doing the right thing. My FES persona and attitude to actually helping real people are polar opposites.

I know the forums are filled with mischievous but essentially decent people. We are at a crossroads right now. I think we could turn the society into something that matters.

I know a lot of you come here for the social side of the society, but if it happened to be raising money from interaction with the outside world, that's a good thing right? It doesn't effect day to day here. No one is asking you for money. But you are then part of something and your every interaction actually has a good cause behind it.

I've felt like this for a long time, but I know it would take a lot of work to get going. Its something I would pour a lot of time into unlike a constitution for a forum or wiki of flat earth history.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2014, 06:40:24 PM by Thork »

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Re: I'd like to make the Flat Earth Society an official society
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 06:44:43 PM »
I'm up for it. We could actually make quite a lot of money if we did it right. Get people's attention by teaching them about the real shape of the Earth, then while their heads are reeling get them to donate to a Children in Need fund or whatever.

I'm quite fond of charities like Kiva, which gives low interest loans to entrepreneurs in third world countries. You can donate the same $25 over and over again and make a real difference. I could set up and run a Flat Earth Society team there if that's what we want to do.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2014, 07:06:18 PM by Tausami »
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Re: I'd like to make the Flat Earth Society an official society
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 06:46:14 PM »
I imagined this thread would just get shot down, which is why I haven't mentioned it before. Thanks. We'll see how others feel.

By the way, if you are a registered charity, you don't give all your money to other charities. Many like children in need are just non-profit businesses with CEOs commanding huge salaries. You give the money directly to the people you want to have it with no 3rd party administration scrape off.
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Re: I'd like to make the Flat Earth Society an official society
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 07:09:56 PM »
I'd be all for it, although I'm likely to have my hands full in the near future if reunification happens (as if my life wasn't busy enough already right now), so I wouldn't be involved much.
when you try to mock anyone while also running the flat earth society. Lol

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Re: I'd like to make the Flat Earth Society an official society
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 05:56:01 PM »
I'm in favor, this is something I've long thought the society should be doing.  Good idea Thork :)