I’ve heard that you should be the change you want to see in the world.
Well, I would like the world to be more AWESOME.
It’s time to take action on that, and I have a plan.
There’s this thing that was started up in Boston last year called the Awesome Foundation. Basically, it’s a group of 10 philanthropists who every month give a $1000 grant ($100 each) to someone who is doing something awesome, there are now chapters in New York (with Clay Shirky and Caterina Fake) and Providence too. Check out their blog, but past awards have included:
- DIY Bio-engineered Inks
- A materials petting zoo
- A GIANT LASER
- Tools for improving social interaction (this is my favorite)
- An eco-pod armada
- A cotton candy cannon
I’m looking for people who want to be part of this. Get in touch if you’re interested or have any questions – I’ll be talking with Tim Hwang (who came up with this amazing idea) this week. I’ll update below with questions and answers!
To get in touch – you can comment here, catch me on Twitter (I’m @kittenthebad) or contact me via gmail or wave – I’m catehuston.
Would this be a charity?
No, so I’m sorry it’s probably not going to be a tax-deductible. But, because of that there’s no tedious registration or time delay – as soon as we have 10 people we are GO. Also, there’s no need to have a bank account or anything like that, as each person transfers to the recipient individually.
This sounds really cool, but I can’t afford it.
We’ve rationalize that this is about the cost of cable, and way more exciting. But still, not everyone will be able to make this commitment. That’s OK, please consider passing this on to anyone who you think might be interested and stay posted for what happens when we’ve recruited the rest of our Board of Awesome.