Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Apparently this was one of JFK-s favorite anectdotes:

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon...

I don't mean to sound bubble gum, but so much of doing great stuff is starting to do great stuff.

One of the most important things that's ever happened to me was the Agincourt Project. In essence this was a curriculum designed to aggregate micro-level entrepeneurship to help people in a developing nation. I'm confident it will impact the world in a signficant way.
Two things:
1) It hasn't helped many people yet.
2) It wasn's about any of the stuff I just said when it started.
My point isn't "Do as I wish I did..." it's that things have to start. There's a little line in "Good to great" about how Good is Often the enemy of the best, sure but I think sometimes Good is Better than perfect because we twiddle our thumbs looking for perfect when we should jump in with a good idea and then get better in the fight.

So here are four things somebody needs to do:
1. Work with me to bring Agincourt from concept to full execution.
2. Develop a micro-entrepenurship program aggregating church, university, and private parties in _____________ (insert Central city or depressed rural area here).
3. Some backround: Many central cities are enacting policies leading low SES populations out to the suburbs. Nice in concept, but in practice there is lower capacity in the suburbs and the low SES populations are falling behind and thus creating a new low SES cohort in their schools. This is obviously bad for many reasons. You can start a tutoring program with your company helping these students get up to par.
4. Organize people you know to support Asia's Hope.



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