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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fancy a quick writing challenge?

A little challenge for the weekend!

Robert Greenwald, a pioneer in the field of making films and getting them seen online has laid down a challenge to us writers. See below... I've entered and perhaps you feel like you could too, as a little giggle over the weekend.

What would you do with an extra $18,000 in your pocket?

That's the amount of extra cash each and every Burger King employee in America would have received last year if Goldman Sachs (one of the fast-food chain's largest owners) had shared its bailout billions with rank-and-file workers. Instead, Goldman Sachs squandered 6.5 billion of our taxpayer dollars on bonuses for their financial staff. These were some of the highest bonuses on Wall Street! Meanwhile, Burger King workers earn wages averaging just $14,000 a year -- well below the federal poverty line for a family of three.

Tell the Wall Street giant how they could have used the $6.5 billion blown on bonuses. We're looking for the most creative, constructive, or comical ideas to curb corporate greed and help fix the financial crisis. We will send all ideas to Goldman Sachs as a reprimand for their wastefulness. The winner of the Have It Your Way with Goldman Sachs contest will have their idea featured in our next video. The contest ends March 3.

Enter the contest:


Gareth Michael Turpie said...

Thanks for showing us this great video Tim. Hope it makes a few more people think. And boycott.

Unfortunately, most, if not all, the big corporations act like this.

To them workers are just robots, and as soon as technology permits they literally will be!

I sent in a couple ideas (1 right on & 2 daft!) for the challenge.

Tim Clague said...

Nice one Shakie. I don't often blog about meme's and such like - or writing tasks that exist just for the sake of it. However this one had a purpose and for the beginner writers out there it is nice to practise writing to a brief. Plus, it may do some good.