NFTs As a Force for Good: The Case of the Savvy Salamanders

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NFTs have been rather controversial; some people think they’re scams, some people have actually been scammed, and others don’t think NFT art is worth the high price. But for The Savvy Salamander Study Club, NFTs are a force for good. Featuring the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires’s yellow salamander mascot, SSSC is an NFT campaign developed by INSEAD MBA students to foster alumni relationships and to help financially challenged INSEADers who want a world-class business education. 100% of SSSC’s profit goes toward scholarships and developing the club. Read full article here

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