imperfect (b. 2022)
Imperfect Brand, Unfinished
Key commands on tech-stack (Adobe CC, Divi, WordPress, RareCircles).
This brand is art. This site is a medium. And a perpetual draft. This site is a gallery. You are a contributing artist. Leave as big or as little a mark as you wish.
ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
We have chosen to focus on brand because we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. Where we as a society often see “ending the stigma” as a goal, imperfect sees it as an important step towards significantly reducing mental illness. By creating a brand that at once identifies deeply with mental health while also remaining void of normative judgement, we will reduce the shame associated with suffering; shame that is itself, a source of suffering.
that we are all imperfect
ABOUT THE IMPERFECT EXPERIMENT
The impact of social media on the public consciousness of mental health is arguably more influential than mental health services themselves. Not only does it reach a wider audience, but the very nature of advertising is designed to manipulate and effect consumer consciousness.
The way in which different brands and organizations portray mental health care has become bipolar. On one end, there is a culture of toxic positvity and on the other, a perception of all mental health concerns as constant suffering.
By approaching mental health messaging from a more neutral standpoint, imperfect will normalize suffering and provide a relatable resource to those who find themselves in hard times.
Through the imperfect experiment, we propose shifting member attention away from mental health topics to instead focus on a shared extrinsic goal; a social creative community project (SCCP). We believe that a successful SCCP could yield positive results for participants and contributors as well as for the greater community at large.
Typically, mental health support groups focus on teaching participants specific tools and strategies to cope with emotional stress and suffering. Imperfect, in contrast, offers members a mission-driven and creative vehicle to address some of the social issues that lead to unnecessary suffering in the first place. While we welcome open discussion about the daily mental health challenges of our users, we hope that directing energy towards a creative and social mission will be a complement to the more individualized work of “therapy” per se.
A letter from imperfect
The phrase “ending the stigma” has far too often been appropriated for virtue signalling, ironically, becoming stigmatized itself as a result. This is why the imperfect mission is to rebrand mental health. Intentionally and importantly distinct from “ending the stigma” or “raising awareness”, the commercial (brand) language behind this mission is inspired by strategies employed by the likes of Tesla and Beyond Meat – to drive important social change not by pleading to social consciousness, but rather by creating a product offering that is able to compete with legacy brands.
This analogy might seem strange. Both Tesla and Beyond Meat create products for specific industries and end users, while imperfect is simply creating…art? Bear with us.
Like Tesla and their cars, our art may be the means at this point in time, but our end is the brand in itself. Similarly to how Tesla is trying to increase the adoption of electric vehicles, so too are we trying to increase the adoption of self-acceptance. So why are we so focused on brand?
We have chosen to focus on brand because we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. Where we as a society often see “ending the stigma” as a goal, imperfect sees it as an important step towards significantly reducing mental illness. By creating a brand that at once identifies deeply with mental illness while also being void of the negative associations (a cool brand if you will) we will reduce the shame associated with suffering; shame that is itself, a source of suffering.
With the rise of Web3 and NFTs, it is now possible to build a brand from the bottom up, starting with the brand identity and mission and building from there. Brands can emerge as an empty box, a blank canvas whose meaning can take shape and gain traction through the creation of a community before even launching a product or service.
We aspire to capitalize on this exciting and pivotal moment in the history of the internet to build a transparent and community driven brand that will reposition the public perception of mental health struggles. While some projects try to provide a sense of their brands short term goals through roadmaps, we believe instead in providing only the larger mission, allowing the ways in which we tackle that mission to evolve with the community.
By becoming the “mental health brand”, we will provide consumers and supporters with a way to identify proudly with this important cause. In the short term, we will primarily focus on building community and creating brand equity by releasing a series of NFT collections. Eventually though, we hope to co-brand products and services to build global awareness for the imperfect movement and raise funds in the process to help support mental health organizations.
With this goal in mind, the imperfect mandate is to donate 90% of all proceeds generated from NFT sales to non-profit organizations operating in mental health, with the remaining 10% to be used exclusively for brand building (hiring support staff) activities. This project is not to be considered an investment, but rather, a series of artworks that will act as a token to demonstrate support for and solidarity with all of those who suffer from mental illness. I happen to believe that this is unfortunately a s**t load of people and so do hope that the value of these works will increase with the demand as more people become aware of and resonate with the imperfect mission. However, making you or myself rich is not my goal.
Thank you for your support.
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