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The Importance of Being Awesome
Christina Xuon 10 November 2011
Transcript of The Importance of Being Awesome
guerilla funding $1000, no strings attached Awesome Foundations Worldwide "MacArthur grant for
micro-flashes of brilliance" Ottawa The Fellowship of Awesome Awesome Foundation:
Middle Earth? Nurturing the Long Tail EVERYBODY tinkers
dreams Permanent Beta Joy Awesome Foundation Short-Term Thinking Parachute Aid Paternalistic attitude assumes lack of local expertise Rigidity Prioritizing donor wishes, mission statement
Subject to stricter regulations Poverty Porn Perpetuating attitude of despair, victimhood, non-agency. Awesome Not
Awesome Continued experimentation AF New Orleans Launching Fall 2011 cares about something, no matter how small + resources
recognition Each new chapter (and trustee) brings new ideas Small, frequent grants allows for more risk-taking Awesome News Taskforce
Detroit Launching Fall 2011 Seeding New Chapters Awesome R&D Developing Infrastructure @higherawesome http://awesomestudies.org = Citizen
Problem-Solvers Erhardt Graeff