Who am I? Well, if you look at my LinkedIn account I’m a storyteller, a creative strategist (hello corporate buzzwords), and a marketer. I’ve worked at all different size companies for over a decade in various parts of the world.
Does that play into the formation of the Yes-Project? Undoubtedly. But is that who I am? Eh…not so much. I’d say I’m a brave explorer! I’m definitely a Gryffindor! Though this would make my kid laugh. She insists I’m a Hufflepuff. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The bottomline is that I’m someone who’s willing to give things a try and see what happens. That’s how we got here.
One random day in September, 2019, I was somewhat bored and got an idea to do something interesting. I decided to just give away $250 in the form of 5 microgrants for $50 each.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a computer at the house to execute this plan (hello, luddite — sort of). So I went to the store and got the cheapest Chromebook I could find, popped up a google form and announced it to my friends on social media.
My stated goals at the time were this:
- I’m working on expanding my ability to receive. (This is hard for me — Maybe for you too? Practice here!) AND I think that goes hand-in-hand with my willingness to give. Yay for reciprocity! Yay for community!
- I want to do fun experiments. I’m curious to see what happens.
- I want to connect more with others in different ways than I have before.
- Your ideas will likely delight me, inspire me or touch my heart in some way.
Over the next few weeks it didn’t go viral. I know you thought I would say it did, but surprise! It did not. But what did happen is that all of those goals were met and then some. Plus a dozen more people wanted to give microgrants too and about 50 people applied. In the end, we gave away 26 microgrants ($1,300). I was ecstatic.
The stories were amazing. I was tearing up regularly about how beautiful the whole thing was. And is. I decided this couldn’t be a one-time thing. So I built a bigger infrastructure and here we are.
Experiment #2 opened up November 24, 2019 and we gave away 39 more microgrants. Not sure what the future holds. I have some dreams for it, but I know projects often have a life of their own.
I hope you jump on board in whatever way makes sense to you. There are appears to be magic in all the pieces — funding, applying, getting an award, getting declined, witnessing, sharing it … just all of it.
I’m glad you’re here with me!
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