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July 02, 2011

Got A Great Idea? Could You Use A Thousand Dollars?

Got a great idea? Do you have some project in mind that could be wonderful for teachers or students that you know or work with?

I have a great resource...

...that might fit any size of organization - or even an individual with a great idea.

What would you think of an organization called The Awesome Foundation?

They do what I would do if I had lots of money - they give $1,000 dollars to anyone who has what meets their definition of an "awesome" idea.

So what does "awesome" mean to The Awesome Foundation?

Here are some excerpts from their website (http://awesomefoundation.org/) to give you an idea of who they are and what they care about:

"The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.

The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.

The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance."

Does that sound like you?

Get your group inspired and contact them!

They have chapters around the world, but the grants can go anywhere. Check out the chapters here http://awesomefoundation.org/chapters/.

The FAQ page is here http://awesomefoundation.org/blog/faq/. And to submit your brilliant idea, start here http://awesomefoundation.org/submissions/new.

There's a wealth of information and resources online. Send us any links that you think any teachers, students or even just regular curious people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at July 2, 2011 10:26 PM


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