In this blog, you will hear us discuss new games that we have come across, talk about how games can be used to improve our community, explain how our impossible little experiment of a non-profit game store works, and anything else that happens to suit our fancy.
I actually run into confusion about what Worlds Apart is. People get the idea that we are a game store. That's pretty simple. We have games; we sell them. They get a little more confused around the idea of non-profit. How can a business be non-profit? The whole volunteer aspect totally baffles people. People have been so trained that work must be paid for that they cannot understand why someone would work for any other reason.
The fact is, however, that not only are there a few people who help run Worlds Apart, there are many. We have numerous volunteers who cover the register. We have people who help run events, help do promotion, even help clean and take out the trash. What do they get in return? Credits! What are credits worth? They can be spent on snacks and membership. Likely the value of Credits is not what brings people back to keep the store going.
Why do they do it then? Likely, they do it because they enjoy being part of something. In today's society, we are very separated. We are separated from our neighbors, our community, even our food comes from anonymous farms and factories. As people become more and more separated and isolated, I believe that they want to be part of something. They want to do something that makes the world a better place. They want to give back to their society, and Worlds Apart gives them the chance to do something.
In the few short months we have been here, Worlds Apart has managed to create a stable business which supports a fantastic community space. Going forward, we hope to reach out into the community and help those that we can with all that games can do for them. Especially in these lean economic times, we hope to be able to step in where the government might not have the wherewithal to do what needs to be done.
In lean times, those who can should help those who need, and Worlds Apart is lucky enough to be in a position to do so.