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Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian diplomat who wrote the classical treatise The Prince 500 years ago, probably would have been a big fan of cause marketing. For a man so interested in statecraft, Machiavelli would appreciate the bottom-line benefits of cause marketing to causes and companies.
Some have called Machiavelli a manipulator. I see him more as a realist. He was practical and committed to getting things done – in any way possible.
That doesn’t mean Machiavelli didn’t believe in ethics, morals and scruples. He did, but not just because doing good was the right thing. It was frequently the best thing for any savvy prince to get what he wanted.
While Machiavelli never bought a pinup to help children made orphans by the plague, or “liked” a Facebook page to trigger a donation from the powerful Medici family in Florence that would support local artists (including some guy named Michelangelo), Machiavelli’s advice transcends the renaissance and politics.… Keep reading