Is virtual reality the next frontier in philanthropy? "Storytelling can actually increase empathy," and there's no doubt seeing can be believing.
"Sometimes, all it takes to inspire more charitable giving is a visit to a place or person in need. But not every situation or location is accessible to the average donor. That could be changing, writes NPR’s Linda Poon, thanks to virtual reality experiences designed to increase empathy and charitable giving. Poon reports that activists and filmmakers are experimenting with virtual reality technology with the goal of creating stronger connections between would-be donors and the communities they could help." -- Erin Blakemore, SmithsonianMag.com