Sep 28, 2011
Need your ideas! I’m seeking a pro-bono, limited-time, deep-dive gig to change the world (or least a small part of it.)
I’ve been thinking deep thoughts (biz-related and otherwise) since getting back from SOBCON Portland. One big question is how can I make a real difference and still make real money? As many of you know, doing good doesn’t always pay well, and yet I’d love to follow my heart more (taking my big ol’ brain and decades of experience along to REALLY make a difference.)
So, I totally groked and locked onto the biz model of Misfits. Inc. A young couple, AJ and Meiissa Leon, (met them at SOBCON) totally changed their lives a few years ago - moving to a 80/20 biz model. The 20% is working for free, with people who need just a little help to change the world. They think way, way, way outside the box (and even the country) to make a very real difference in a very short time. (Their first project helped raise $150,000 to build a school in Sudan.) And, funny thing. That 20% helps drive the 80%. Hmmm…
I believe I can translate the Leons’ international model into local/NM. We’ve certainly got enough problems right here. I am, not, however, interested in doing things the usual way. Hittin’ up the same people time and again for dinero. Writing brilliant (? ack ack) donor letters. Planning the standard fundraisers (Does anyone get jazzed about yet another silent auction? C’mon.) Board strategy retreats (which - sadly - almost never translate into action). Etc. etc. Been there, done that. Not going there again.
My passions are animals, the homeless and the environment. I bring No BS, creativity, problem-solving, and calmness in crisis to the table. As more than one client and boss have said, “If you want it done, give to Mary and get out of the way.”
So? What needs to be done? Ideas? Drop me a line at mary at maryschmidt.com. (Yes, I realize I may well be overwhelmed here, but need to start somewhere.)
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