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"Grassroots movements are associated with bottom-up, rather than top-down decision making, and are sometimes considered more natural or spontaneous than more traditional power structures." [1] We have chosen the Invision Community platform to interface between members (allowing also a private Tapatalk private forum). We prefer this over the social media platforms which are obviously more popular, however, we do have accounts with the major social media platforms if you prefer that sort of engagement (scroll down to the subheading RRDi Social Media Accounts). If you are interested in volunteering at any of the social media RRDi accounts please join and volunteer (mention this when you register that you would like to volunteer to post in one of the RRDi social media accounts, i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc.). We need volunteers to moderate the RRDi social media accounts!

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7 minutes 27 second grassroots video: 

Social Media Groups are Top Down Decision Making 
All the rosacea social media groups (except those run by the RRDi) are top-down decision making groups. Whoever runs the group, i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, etc., make all the rules and you have no choice who runs the group. Whoever 'owns' the group makes all the decisions (rules) and are not grassroots decision making. There are few, if any, social media groups that are grassroots, letting the members make the decisions on how the social media group is run. The exception is our RRDi social media accounts which allows the members to choose who sits on the board of directors of the RRDi. The reason we are explaining this is that all the rosaceans have gone to social media. It you want to volunteer and manage or be a moderator of the RRDi Social Media accounts read this post and watch the video about volunteering

RRDi Grassroots Organization
The RRDi is a grassroots organization founded by rosacea sufferers who are volunteers. The board of directors are all rosacea sufferers and their motive to  volunteer is to help rosacea sufferers. Now compare that with who serves on the 'other' rosacea non profit organizations board of directors. [2] As far as we know there are only three other rosacea non profit organizations (ARSC, AARS, and NRS) and possibly one other, the AAD that might spend a tiny, tiny bit of money on rosacea research. All the board members of these 'other' non profits are NOT rosacea sufferers and are mostly comprised of businessmen and medical professionals (dermatologists) who have a vested interest in rosacea since they may receive a salary or benefit from money spent on private contractors used by the non profit organization, or receive compensation for attending conventions or meetings sponsored by the non profit organization. Follow the money where the non profit spends the most of its donations on, and if you take the time, you will discover it is very little on rosacea research. Why not watch the video on rosacea research to get you up to speed?

You may wonder how non profits work?

The members of the RRDi are mostly rosacea sufferers [rosaceans] and have a say who serves on the board of directors of the RRDi (the charter requires that the board members suffer from rosacea). The board of directors of the RRDi are sometimes chosen by the other board members but every five years the voting members of the RRDi may vote who may continue to serve on the board of directors. The members could replace the entire board of directors. This is bottom up decision making. 

The other rosacea non profit organizations are NOT grassroots and work from the top down. How do the other rosacea non profit organizations choose their board members? Answer: Top down decision making. 

What Motivates Board Members?
Money is the motive on who makes the decisions on the spending of the donations with the 'other' top down rosacea non profits and if you follow the money you will find that the board of directors make sure they benefit in some monetary way. This is a top down direction since the other non profits are run by NON rosaceans and have their own personal agenda so that members of the board somehow benefit with some compensation with the spending of the donations. Money is usually at the root of any top down decision making process. 

Grassroots Motive
So if you have similar grassroots philosophy why not join the RRDi and volunteer. If money is your motive, go to the 'other' rosacea non profits. [2] If volunteering by helping other rosaceans is your motive, you have found the only grassroots rosacea non profit organization on planet earth. [3]

Only One Non Profit Organization Run by Rosaceans
There is only one non profit organization for rosacea founded by rosacea sufferers, this one, the RRDi. All the others are founded by non rosaceans and all you do is see who is serving on the board of directors and note how the board members on each rosacea non profit benefit how the donations are spent (each board determines how the donations are spent). Follow the money (where does most of the donations end up being spent on?).

Donations Spent on What?
If you could gather together say 10K rosaceans into one non profit organization for rosacea and fund a paper on a rosacea topic and receive from each member donating just one dollar, it would be a cinch to get a reputable medical clinician to investigate further into whatever topic is chosen and nail it to the wall with a double blind, placebo controlled, peer reviewed study. However, if you did get 10K rosaceans together to donate each $1 that would be a miracle in itself. What might that subject be? Alas, this dream, which began over sixteen years ago with the RRDi was formed, hasn't brought about such unity among rosacea sufferers. Instead, rosacea sufferers are splintered into private social media groups, i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc. and continue to parrot the non profit organizations for rosacea that are run by non rosacea board members with a top down decision making process.  And rosaceans prefer and love it that way. Do these social media rosacea private groups engage in any rosacea research? What do you think?

Grassroots Glimmer of Hope for Rosacea
However, there is perhaps a glimmer of hope. The owner of the Rosacea Forum, rosaceagroup.org, formed a non profit organization [RRF] in 2004 and gathered together a group of rosacea sufferers and collected a total of $16K and donated all of this to the NRS. So, it can be done. However, the RRF non profit for rosacea dissolved. What happened? Read for yourself. This example of the RRF is a grassroots non profit that actually did something in sponsoring their own research, except they gave the $16K to a non profit that is run from the top down. A brief glimmer of grassroots hope for rosacea. The RRF was a flicker of light in a dark rosacea world. 

Grassroots Non Profits Beacon of Light
An example of an excellent grassroots non profit organization beacon of light is the The Erythromelalgia Association that actually sponsors their own research on erythromelalgia, so it can be done, and is done by this grassroots non profit organization. Do you know of any other grassroots non profits that are an example like this? Why not tell us about it by replying to this thread? Watch the video on this page about the EA organization. 

Rosacea Independent Sponsored Research 
Is a grassroots motive something to consider, or are you content with the current status quo rosacea research being done by a 'top down' decision making process used by the 'other non profits for rosacea' whose board members are not suffering from rosacea? Do you think the paltry rosacea research being sponsored by these 'top down' 'other' non profit organizations for rosacea is the best that can be done? Are you aware of what most rosacea research being conducted is sponsored by? Most rosacea research is being sponsored by the skin industry. [4] Do you think a grassroots non profit organization for rosacea could sponsor their own independent rosacea research? As Miracle Max points out, 'It would take a miracle." Watch the video on this topic on this page

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There is a reply to this topic button somewhere on the device you are reading this post. If you never heard about this topic and you learned about it here first, wouldn't it be a gracious act on your part to show your appreciation for this topic by registering with just your email address and show your appreciation with a post?  And if registering is too much to ask, could you post your appreciation for this topic by finding the START NEW TOPIC button in our guest forum where you don't have to register?  We know how many have viewed this topic because our forum software shows the number of views. However, most rosaceans don't engage or show their appreciation for our website and the RRDi would simply ask that you show your appreciation, please, simply by a post.  

End Notes

[1] Grassroots, Wikipedia

[2] Links, Other Non Profit Organizations 

[3] Volunteering

What Community Support Means to You?

[4] Rosacea Research in Perspective of Idiopathic Diseases 

Rosacea Research in Perspective of Funding

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