Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our First 100 Days - The Halfway Point


We have crossed the halfway mark on OUR first 100 days. The media is talking about “grades” for the new US Presidential administration for positive and negative marks on the big-ticket items or challenges we face as a country and around the world. How is the new administration doing at the halfway point of their first 100 days?

Is change occurring? Is progress being made? The media is looking at our leaders around the world and making their assessments. We, you and I, the folks sharing the GiveJust1 idea, are not asking these questions of the people in charge… we are asking these questions of ourselves…

These are OUR first 100 days, regardless of party affiliation, these first 100 days and those that follow afterwards belong to all of us. So this is where I ask myself… Self… Is change occurring? Is progress being made?

I’ll answer these questions for me to me. Feel free to do the same. If anyone really wants to know what service opportunities I have been involved in during the first 50 days just ask. I have had some cool experiences!

As for the GiveJust1 Group I give you an “A”. There are over 1000 people connected with the GiveJust1 group representing the 50 United States and 27 different countries who support the idea to GiveJust1 day of service in their own communities. People are sharing ideas on the wall and I give an A+ to you along with huge appreciation. Seriously! It is awesome when anyone joins the group and all are welcome but the people who are sharing the ideas and stories and pictures on the walls can inspire others with their particular idea or cause or may even inspire those of us in the “thinking about it” stage to act on our own ideas. If you haven’t told us about your idea or cause, then please, please do! Let’s motivate each other!

We also have a GiveJust1 Cause page and there are 550 people who have connected to the GiveJust1 idea there. “A” again.

To be clear I’d give an “A” if there were one person in the group and one person connected to the cause page. It only takes one of you to make a positive impact, and you are, so our GiveJust1 idea is a success!

So it’s not about the numbers, not about the numbers, not about the numbers… but is about the people, is about the people, is about you. We are certainly not against more people in the group or supporting the cause… that would just be silly… and selfish. Yes it would be selfish of us not to share the fun and the inspirational ideas the GiveJust1 folks (that’s you) are sharing. So here is the regular pitch… please share the GiveJust1 message, group page, and cause with your friends!

The other “A+” and extra credit goes to Mandy Steckelberg and team for her amazing song Give Just One… AND a music video is in the works!

Here are the low grades for GiveJust1 and the responsibility belongs to me personally…

Website “D-” Yes, we really do need a real website. If anyone knows a firm or individual who is willing and able to build a cool website for GiveJust1 pro bono please have them get in touch. Seriously, I should have put this out to the world long before now. “D-” for me!

Legal – “Incomplete.” Yes we need some pro bono legal work as well (Intellectual property). If you are a lawyer, or know of someone who can help, please send him or her our way.

Hey, why do I get a “D-” and an Incomplete and all of you get “A”s…? Well I guess it’s because you are making a difference in the world… and we all have 50 more days! Thanks for all you are doing to make your community and the world a brighter place!!

~ Richard

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