My pal Atul suggested that I should get involved with the Awesome Foundation by starting up a Chicago chapter. A few emails and phone calls later, and the Chicago Chapter was born. I was fortunate that a very organized guy named Derek was also working on a Chicago Chapter, we combined forces, and are now looking for our first grant proposals. We started a Awesome Chicago blog, and wrote a bit about the kind of awesome we’re looking for, and how to apply.
The idea is pretty simple, 10 people commit $100 / month of their own cash towards a $1000 grant to promote awesome in Chicago. It sounds simple, because it is simple. We want to see people do interesting things in our city. They can be purely altruistic (like a diaper bank in Washington D.C.), or just awesome (like a giant slide in Berlin). Regardless of the path towards awesome the proposal takes, what I most want to see is people promoting community in Chicago. I love this city, and I want to do what I can to make it just a little bit better. This is an exciting project, I’m really happy to be a part of it. I can’t wait to see what we end up funding.
Here’s our very first fancy tweet!
And here’s my much less fancy tweet, that links to this post…thus completing an endless circle of links: