Expansion Decks & Combo Packs shipping this week!

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Did you pre-order the JadedAid Expansion Pack or combo? Have you been waiting to buy the Expansion Pack until it was ready to ship? Or is this the first JadedAid news you’ve paid attention to in months and you are like… “Expansion Pack, what?”

It doesn’t matter… you are in luck! the deck is coming off the presses and the first orders will be shipping out this Friday!


Will you be among the first to shuffle 56 new cards into your JadedAid deck?


The timing is not coincidental.

At just $10 the Expansion Pack makes a great holiday gift, stocking stuffer or strategy for adding a little extra spice to your office holiday party. Or, think about giving the combo pack (original deck + expansion) if you really want to show a international development friend or lover you care.



Get it, and get it now…right off the presses!




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JadedAid Sale: Save BIG Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

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Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your boss, your friend, or… yourself?

A gift of JadedAid is preferred by 9 out of 10 development workers to crappy knickknacks you picked up in a African market on your last trip… Yes, even those hand-carved salad tongs.

These great deals are available for a limited time only. Shop from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and save.


Original JadedAid Deck $19 Now $17



Peace Corps Expansion Pack $10 Now $8.50



The Original + Peace Corps Combo Deal $25 Now $24



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Sneak Peak: JadedAid’s First Expansion Pack

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Earlier this year we announced JadedAid would be releasing an expansion pack for the holidays. Since then, we’ve been hard at work compiling a Peace Corps Expansion Pack that will be fun for everyone whether or not you served!

You sent hundreds of suggestions and we’ve paired the selection down to 56 cards that will make you howl!

The first deck is hot off the presses and they look great! You can PRE-ORDER now!

Here’s a special sneak peak at some of the cards you can expect…

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Like what you see? Get yours now! The first decks will be shipped out after Thanksgiving.

At $10 they are the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) or development worker… or YOU! Post to your wall and let your mom know you’d prefer JadedAid in your stocking over socks, dental floss and a box of mints per usual.

Don’t miss out as this is a limited run! PRE-ORDER the expansion pack or original deck/expansion combo for savings today!

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New JadedAid Rules: The Trump Card

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At JadedAid we spend a lot of time pointing out the ridiculous things happening in other countries. After Tuesday, we realized that, in fact, America is now the biggest joke in the world, overtaking Berluscone and Brexit (you’re welcome, Italy and Great Britain).

We know this is a hard time for many JadedAid supporters – especially those struggling to understand and explain what’s going on while living abroad. So, we’ve created a new set of rules you can use with your JadedAid deck that just might bring laughter back into your life…

The Trump Card

  • Assign one player to be Trump and decide the winner of every round.
  • Use the blank cards in your JadedAid deck to make up your own questions or statements involving President-Elect Donald Trump and pose it to the group.
  • All players (including Trump) play the white card he/she thinks pairs best and gleefully exclaims, “I’m playing the White Card!”
  • Trump picks the card he (or she) likes best and points to unsuccessful players and says, “You’re Fired!”
  • Those fired spend the rest of the time scanning jobs boards for private sector opportunities that require expertise serving communities that have no money and very little market potential. …seriously. Look for jobs! Do you think USAID is going to have funding after the next two years?

Need some examples? Check out these killer plays!


When you get tired of Trump, you can play other JadedAid variations such as The Donor Echo Chamber or Wired Nepotism and remember the good old days!

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SlumRun 2016: The Poster Child of Bleeding Heart Humanitarianism

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We all want to to good. We all strive to be humanitarians and help our down-trodden fellow humankind in between sips of our South Africa’s finest Merlot. There’s great honor in that. However, we often fail in the “how”.

The Poster Child of Bleeding Heart Humanitarianism

Take for example the above poster for a fundraising run through one of Kampala’s less affluent suburb of Kireka, with a white person running from black hands on a blood red background. Regardless of the good intentions of the organizers, Slum Run 2016 is the branding #FAIL poster child of bleeding heart humanitarianism.

And if you think the graphic is bad, here is how they describe the run on their website:

This year, we have updated the route and it now includes spectacular views across the Acholi Quarter slum area and will be a joy to run, as you experience what it is like to live in a slum, while you compete for the unique Peter Ola Slum Run Trophy.

This type of fund-raising activity isn’t new. In fact there’s a Soweto Marathon in South Africa every year, yet its branding and messaging are in contrast to the Slum Run messaging about Kireka.

Messaging Matters

Over the last several years, much of the development sector has been having a conversation on how to do development better. But doing it better often also involves talking about it better. The run – in and of itself – isn’t necessarily the problem. It is how we talk about and represent the people we are trying to help.

The less fortunate we try to help in our work deserve the same dignity we demand for ourselves. That dignity extends beyond using a photogenic child with flies and a distended belly as our money shot for our fund-raising campaign. It includes how we talk and describe the place people call home. From the outside, one might view it as a less-wealthy part of town, but to the many residents there, it is their proud community. For many, the only option they have.

For example, I’ve previously worked in Kireka, where Slum Run 2016 will take place, with a group of women refugees who live in this community. It is not the wealthiest part of town, but I never once referred to it as a slum, nor was the project I worked on, Women of Kireka, called Women of the Slum, nor did I organize Slum Village Tours to “see how it is like to live in a slum.”

We Can Do Better

We created JadedAid to foster conversations on how we can do development better. While we are all playing, let’s take a beat after laughing at outrageous card combinations and realize that the seemingly implausible phrases the cards create, are real development worker experiences.

While #SlumRun isn’t in the current deck, there’s a reason for the “This hashtag will save the world” card. It represents the types of harmful marketing initiatives we see in our industry, and mocks slacktivism that some of us try to count as impact. Calling out this foolishness is the first step of identifying the problem and not repeating the same mistakes.

What bad bleeding heart humanitarianism have you seen? Tell us. Tell your peers. We can do better.

Don’t forget to pre-order the Peace Corps Expansion pack – shipping in December 2016.

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