Over the last few years, I’ve sort of become Not For Sale’s official photographer. Given my love for abolishing slavery and my hatred for real evil, having the opportunity to give back as a photographer and shoot for them is a true joy of mine. Even though I play the smallest role imaginable in the larger NFS (Not For Sale) picture, it’s a role I am grateful to play. Here is last year’s Global Forum I shot for them and here is last year’s Montara Circle, if you’re interested.
Last weekend I flew up to San Francisco to shoot the 3rd Montara Circle for NFS. Despite popular opinion in the west, slavery didn’t end when the US freed black slaves. Slavery isn’t a thing of the past. In fact, I believe the number of slaves in the States during the civil war was something like 25,000 (going off memory here) and now there’s some 27 million slaves around the world. An anti-slavery like NFS movement has never been more necessary.
Montara Circles invite 50 of the greatest minds to tackle human traffiking. CEO’s, producers, directors, CMO’s, law firms, artists… The room is filled with some of the greatest minds on the planet and it is so fascinating being able to watch the project from the outside as I shoot it. These are busy, busy individuals and they put a stop to their schedule for a couple days to end slavery.
For two days, everyone comes together to create a new approach to combatting slavery. Last year, they came up with REBBL tea: premium tea sourced from communities vulnerable to human trafficking in Peru. REBBL tea helps lower the risk of human trafficking by offering opportunities for dignified employment and committing to reinvest a portion of profits back into those local communities.
Moniker did all the set up/design/branding, by the way. They always kill it!
The guy above in the middle is Dave Batstone. One of the founders of NOT FOR SALE. To the left of him is Matthew Mahan. Vice President of Social Impact for Facebook Causes.
Kindley Walsh Lawlor, VP at GAP for social and environmental responsibility.
Stanley Winokur, MD, played a key role last year in developing REBBL tea. Shown here is everyone tasting the new tea.
Talking about the Free To Work app. Download it now!
Greg Galle, Executive Producer and Co-founder or Future, explaining how the brainstorming process will begin.
Matthew Mahan, Vice President of Social Impact for Facebook Causes, setting up the REBBL tea Causes page with Dave Batstone.
Dave and Scotty O’Hara, CMO of AllSaints fashion.
Once each group pitched their ideas, everyone was given one hundred $1 bills ($5000 combined). Every person chose what ideas were worthy of their money. The idea with the most money would be the idea that NFS would commit to implementing.
A major apparel executive committing a percentage of sales to NFS. The reaction below illustrates the magnitude of the donation :)
If you’re looking for a non-profit organization to support, NFS is a great one. They are committed to ending slavery in our lifetime and they have real, solid solutions to make that happen :)
To all my friends at NFS. May God bless you for all that you are doing.