In her book, The Fear Factor, neuroscientist Abigail Marsh, Ph.D. describes non-directed kidney donors as "extreme altruists." Her groundbreaking research into extreme human behavior ranging from cruel selfishness to altruistic generosity identified people who give a kidney donation to a stranger as the most extreme cases of selfless giving. In telling the story of living kidney donation, Abundant's content is based firmly in non-directed kidney donor content.
On June 15, 2020, Abundant announced an open audition for non-directed kidney donors to participate in a first-of-its-kind exploration of the non-directed kidney donor experience. We're joining forces with the non-profit organization Donor to Donor to produce a storytelling show for the stage featuring non-directed donors. The event is called Donor to Donor presents CrowdSource for Life: Storytellers and is planned for Summer 2021. This live public awareness event will feature non-directed kidney donors in a TED-style format, live on stage and streamed live for a home. Non-directed kidney donors can audition here:
Recorded live, this unique storytelling content will be used in Abundant, the documentary television series about living kidney donation. We agree with Dr. Marsh, as extreme altruists, non-directed donors and their stories give us unique insight into the thoughts and experience of one of our culture's greatest outliers. A better understanding of non-directed donors' stories is the best way to communicate that experience to others who might consider becoming a living donor, either directed or non-directed.
On July 1, 2020, Abundant will announce a companion project to help us complete our exploration of these extreme altruists: The Non-Directed Kidney Donor Survey Project. In this enhanced demographic survey, we will look at the cultural, sociological and historical influences on people who become non-directed kidney donors. As extreme altruists are one of the most rare groups of our culture's outliers, we are taking a cue from Malcolm Gladwell's best seller Outliers. In Outliers, Gladwell peels back the unseen cultural influences that contribute to success. Our The Non-Directed Kidney Donor Survey Project will point our research team in the right direction to seek these unseen influences on non-directed kidney donors. This unique content will be a major part of the content in Abundant.
In just the first two weeks, we have had dozens of non-directed kidney donors send in audition stories for Donor to Donor presents CrowdSource for Life: Storytellers, but we'll be accepting auditions for many more weeks.So, non-directed kidney donors, there is still time to get involved both with the survey and by auditioning.Telling your story and giving us your survey answers might result in helping another potential donor decide to give a life-giving organ to someone in need.We encourage you to tell your story!
Audition today right here.