I think they ruin the video a little with all that text at the end, but it’s still great work. Here’s their blurb:
Carrotmob is a method of activism that leverages consumer power to make the most socially-responsible business practices also the most profitable choices. Businesses compete with one another to see who can do the most good, and then a big mob of consumers buys products in order to reward whichever business made the strongest commitment to improve the world. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the opposite of a boycott
It’s kind of the equivalent of environmental NGOs just purchasing land so they can protect it. That is, you compel businesses to be responsible with the most powerful lobbying tool you have: your wallet. They call it a reverse-boycott or ‘joycott’. It seems like an utterly practical and pragmatic approach to enticing your local business community to behave more sustainably.
I gather this was the test run for Carrotmob, where local consumers chose a liquor store to support in exchange for their becoming more sustainable:
Carrotmob is partnering with 350.org to encourage people to run a Carrotmob on Oct. 24, a ‘Global Day of Climate Action’. Maybe we ought to try to organize one in Vancouver. Any thoughts on what sort of business we ought to work with?