And so it seems, GLBL Yoga organizers have decided to pull the plug on what could have been the world’s largest crowd-funded yoga class set for NYC’s Central Park, August 16th. Needless to say, they did not reach their goal of raising $675,000 of donations to hold the event (just $14,000 had been raised as of July 16th). Shocker.
Via the GLBL Yoga website:
Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the GLBL YOGA event scheduled for August 16, 2012 in New York.
The mission and the overall concept of GLBL YOGA were embraced with great excitement and enthusiasm. However, our experiment with crowd-funding the event did not meet our ambitious expectations. As a result, we’re going to take some time to rethink our strategy and model, and we will return with renewed purpose in the summer of 2013.
We deeply believe that GLBL YOGA can be a tremendous catalyst, using the power of yoga to foster unity and community around the world. We’re grateful for your support, and we look forward to seeing you next summer.
In the meantime, we will be providing a full refund to all donors. Thank you and namaste.
The announcement came just 4 days before their (now disappeared) Indiegogo campaign was out of time. As it turns out you can’t bring excitement and enthusiasm to the bank.
Is this idea of the largest class held in Central Park doomed or what? First it’s rained out, and now they can’t figure out how to get over half a million dollars from the yoga community. Go figure. Of course we’re curious what strategies they will attempt for next year, but we won’t hold our breath.
We have to admit it’s a little sad, though. Poor fellas with lofty ambitions. And all the supporters who were excited about the big ‘ol yoga party and the defenders who claimed skeptics just wanted attention. Don’t be too upset though, now you’ll just have to continue with your plans of doing free yoga in the free park for free. Enjoy!
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