Whatever you may feel about this weekends' Wikileaks exposure of military data pertaining to the war in Afghanistan, you can be certain that we will be seeing more of the same kind of exposure at the brand level. After the drilling accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has been pilloried up and down the line over its PR blunders all the way up to its ham-fisted attempts at photoshopping its own documents. Basically, Joe & Jill Public have everything they need at their fingertips to search for brands that are doing good, and brands that break their pact for doing good with their customers will hear about it very quickly. A quick Google search for 'brands doing good' brings back 49.5 million results.
Now along comes the Conspiracy for Good project. Founder Tim Kring explains what it's all about:
A few years ago I started thinking about an entirely new way to tell a story, far different from traditional TV. I didn’t just want to talk about “saving the world” in fiction, I wanted to create a narrative that spilled out into the streets. One that you could live inside of for a while. How cool would it be, I thought, to create a story that exists all around you all of the time? — On your laptop, your mobile phone, on your sidewalks, as a secret message hidden in your favorite song or while standing at the bus stop on your way to work. And, taking it further, what if your participation over a few weeks or months actually impacts the story’s development and creates positive change in the real world because a philanthropic mission is integrated into the narrative itself?
The Conspiracy For Good is the culmination of this dream. This is the pilot project for a first-of-its-kind, interactive story, that empowers its audience to take real-life action and create positive change in the world. Call it Social Benefit Storytelling. To achieve this, I need you to participate. Reality and fiction have to blur.
Every story needs a villain, so we have created a worthy adversary, one whom you have already been introduced to in the blog section on this site. And every story needs a hero. That’s where You come in.
As part of the Conspiracy For Good you will join a collective of thinkers, artists, musicians and causes, creating a unified voice to fight the forces of social and environmental injustice. This is our site, where together we can follow the story and discuss our dreams, hopes and ambitions, all while building a community that focuses on changing the world for the better, one person and one action at a time.
I'd say the Conspiracy for Good is, well.. good.