I had an interesting conversation with some incredible kidmin leaders while at the Kidmin Conference in Chicago. It revolved around new resources and the pricing around them… namely when they’re free.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves free resources. I do. When I find something that is free, I’m going to pass it along. I think the kidmin monster that has come to life in recent years is when people expect everything to be free. I think that this is a dangerous path, one that leads to disappointment.
Here’s the truth. Nothing is free. Everything cost something. Either it’s going to cost you or it’s going to cost the provider, but it’s wrong to think that something is free. No, there’s always a cost.
You might ask, “but what about great products and services like gmail, evernote or other services like that?” Well, you’re getting to use something that someone else is paying for. Either through advertising or premium services. Again, it’s not free. There is always a cost and someone has to pay for it.
Here’s the clincher. I was leading a breakout at Kidmin about innovation and technology. There was a lively discussion about how hard it is to find relevant video tagged by content. For instance, if I’m teaching on a particular topic, it would be great to be able to go to one site and find every video made about that topic. The consensus of the room was, “I’ll pay for something like that.”
I know that budgets are tight and we often have to rely on cheap or free resources to make ends meet. However, most of the people I’ve met who are producing kidmin resources are doing so because they belive in kidmin, not because they’re trying to get rich. Many are trying to make ends meet just so that they can get the next product or service out.
So, I’d really encourage us to not “expect” kidmin for free. Know that someone paid a price to provide it. Either someones own money or time spent away from their own ministry or family to fuel a passion. If you literally can’t afford it, I’d contact the provider. More often than not, I’ve seen them bend over backwards to make it happen. Remember, they’re not trying to get rich, just get good resources into our hands.
I think I have more to say about this topic, but maybe when I get back home on my blog.
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