Trent Reznor Using His Fans And Tiers Model To Save A Life

from the using-it-for-good... dept

We've certainly talked a lot about the various ways that Trent Reznor has been exploring creative new business models that center around connecting with fans and giving them a reason to buy, but he's now using the same concepts to try to help save a life. On Wednesday, he announced a program to get people to donate money to help Eric De La Cruz get a heart transplant, whereby people who donate certain amounts to the cause will get to hang out/meet with Reznor and other band members during his ongoing tour involving both Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction (which, by the way, hits Silicon Valley tonight, for those in the area -- though, they're not accepting any more donations for people going to tonight's show). As with the Ghosts I-IV model, there are different "tiers" of support available. In just two days, he's been able to raise nearly half a million dollars, once again showing the power of having a strong community and trying to do something good with it. It will be fascinating to see if there's more that can be done along these lines in the future as well -- turning some of these business models into helping out those in need.

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    SRS2000, 26 May 2009 @ 11:32am

    Re: just one

    Sadly 1/2 a million dollars really doesn't go very far in research for something like heart transplants or artificial hearts.
    Do you throw your money at something where you may never see any return? Or do you throw your money at one particular case where you are guaranteed to make a difference?

    Just because there are other people who need transplants does not mean that you shouldn't help a single one. You make decisions like that when you choose a single charity or cause to donate to.

    You could be saving peoples lives.. Are you in the bone marrow registry? Are you an organ donor? You could donate a kidney... etc...

    You choose your battles. You can't fault Reznor for his choice.

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