I thought until a week or so back that I wasn’t going to make it to Cybher this year. I’d put a few very tentative calls out for a sponsor, but got no bites, and couldn’t quite see how I could afford it otherwise. And then there was this little post from Chris over at Thinly Spread about how the newest network on the scene, Collective Bias, and their links with Nestle.
I’ve done a collective bias shop. I had seen that they work with Nestle in the states, but to be honest, even though I’m a long term Nestle boycotter, having written about it here and there in the past, I’ve come to the conclusion that boycotting like this doesn’t work. And as I wrote on In the Powderroom, I think we need to do things that change behaviour. (Which doesn’t mean that I give Nestle my money. I absolutely don’t. But it’s getting harder and harder to find alternatives which aren’t Nestle under the covers, have you noticed that?)
So when Jo came back on the concerns with Collective Bias, I waited to hear what she had to say about it before I made a decision. And when she said that they won’t be working with Nestle in this country as a result of the strength of feeling from bloggers here, I decided that was enough to keep me interested and working with them.
And I’m going to Cybher. With Collective Bias. I’m hoping that as a result of my association with them I can get talking with them and maybe push a bit of our feeling about Nestle and so on back into the states, because let’s face it, it’s countries like that that actually make the difference. They have the buying power, and the numbers, and if they turned around to corporations like Nestle and said no more, that would make a real difference.
It’s not enough to just say no. I think we have to make conversations, make bridges, make connections and then make changes through them. Show people different ways. Explain what we are doing and how and why. Yes, by all means, each of us has to choose what fits with our conscience and do that, but I think we also have to challenge our consciences and each other to push the boundaries out a little further and do more each day.
Does that make any sense? Do you agree with me? Or are you quite happy to buy Nestle anyway and can’t quite see what the fuss is all about? Thoughts in the usual place please.