Kony 2012 - And, being butt naked in the street

I woke up and checked my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and all were saying the same thing : Kony 2012.  I didn't watch the movie initially, because I could already guess what it was going to tell me, since I've been aware of the situation through my Dad and also my involvement in Invisible Children (through the global night commute so many years ago). Brooke watched it and told me I should take the time to watch it, but I just didn't feel like it.

Then, I started to read some articles about backlash toward Invisible Children and how they use their money as a non-profit.  That really intrigued me because of my general interest in leadership and business/organizations.

Only days later, one of the founders of Invisible Children had a total mental breakdown... and that's when I became really interested.  I usually don't like writing blog posts about things that are happening right now because I don't have all the facts, but this post is a reaction to what I've seen and read and how I feel as someone who leads a business.

*Also, I have now watched Kony 2012.

To the initial support of Kony 2012 : I think it's great that Invisible Children can create such an amazing buzz about something so horrific happening in our world.  I think that is a skill of the founders of the organization and it's great that they are using that gift for good.  I think it's contagious and I am so glad that people take 30 minutes to see what else is going on in the world and then use their voice through Facebook and Instagram, or whatever platform they have to share.

To the backlash and people saying Invisible Children is making too much money : The three top dogs of Invisible Children paid themselves $84, $88 and $89,000.  Now at first those seem like large numbers, but they really aren't.  It's not 1950 anymore and the dollar doesn't go as far as it use to.  First of all, Invisible Children is based in California, where all three of these people live, and California is the third most expensive state to live in.  $80,ooo isn't that much and I am sure that if these three people who started a movement across the world wanted to use their talents and skills in a private sector job they would make a lot more than $80,000.  So, that's a pay cut when you have the talent and skill they do.  The money isn't the point though.  It's easy to criticize what someone is doing from the outside.  It's easy to say how they should spend their money or not spend it.  It's easy to be a critic, but it's hard to actually do something in this world... and so for all the people out their criticizing this group for trying to make a change - stop.  If you think it could be done better, then do it better.  Get off your high horse and use your talents to make a change in our world, like they are doing with theirs.

To Jason Russel : You are a leader and you should never, ever act like you did.  We have too many bad examples in this world and we don't need good people acting like that.  There is no excuse for that.  Your foundation, as a person, should be rooted in the truth of the word of God and should never be destroyed by criticism of men.

To Jason Russel's family and friends : Why did you let him go crazy?  If you knew he was under a lot of stress why weren't you there to help him?? Calm him down and stop him from going outside butt naked?  There is no excuse for that.

To the people who want to abandon Kony 2012 because of Jason's actions : Don't.  For all have sinned and we all fall short of the glory of God.  I am not perfect and neither are you. And, at some point we all need grace and forgiveness.  Jason made a mistake that could have been avoided, but it happened and now this is where grace starts.

I think that Kony 2012 has taught me one thing : Nothing in our world perfect. Everything has cracks and flaws.  If that weren't the case, then someone like Joseph Kony wouldn't exist and people wouldn't end up butt naked in the street.  I am also so thankful that through those flaws and cracks forgiveness exists and grace can cover any sin.