I meant to make a video/blog about this earlier in the week, but… Things have been pretty crazy. Let me give you the back story… Oh! And Chinese lessons will start up again the week after the competition is over (September 8th).
Last week I heard about a contest that the company Kohl’s is having. They’re giving away ten million dollars ($10,000,000) to 20 different schools. Every school in the country is competing to win five-hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). The money is going to go to the 20 schools that get the most votes during their campaign. There’s an awesome school here in Milwaukee (St. Marcus) that was already in the top 50 schools and they want to use the money to help with expansion.
I got all excited because it was an “epic” project to work on (you know how I love epic projects). So ever since last week I’ve been brainstorming ways for them to win, and all of this week I’ve been putting videos and webpages together. (One page being a contest to win an Xbox 360 Slim, go vote and sign up if you haven’t yet!)
Now… You know me (or you should!) I was prepared to go into bipolar-epic-manic-LETS-DO-THIS mode without the incentive of money (although I do need to start making some of that stuff ). The school being AWESOME is reason enough for me! BUT the superintendent of the school wanted to compensate me for my time, so he said he’d write up a contract. He told me the hourly would be low, but that he’d make it performance based. So if they win… a bonus!
Yesterday he hands me the contract and the hourly was… I guess it was “low” in terms of what people charge, but it was a lot higher than what I’m currently getting ($0/hour playing Xbox and eating sardines lol). So I’m already happy with the hourly and BOOM! A $5,000 bonus if they win.
Now I suppose I could have moved forward as planned and tried to keep the $5,000 for myself but… It doesn’t feel right. There are going to be a bunch of other people helping out, plus I had a goal for how much money I wanted to make this month. That goal was $500 (and I was stressing about it at the beginning of the month! lol). The hourly gets me to my goal and some. So… We might as well do something cool with the $5,000 right?
How Should We Spend The $5,000?
OK, this is the part of the blog where you tell me how we should spend this money. I see this money as is another resource to use to make sure St. Marcus wins the $500,000. I want St. Marcus to win the $500,000 more than I want the $5,000, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is!
I see the money working 3 ways:
- We use it to setup some kind of competition
- We use it to “bribe” an “A List” blogger to join our squad (I’ll give an example below)
- Or… The MilTownKlan combines forces of awesomeness, makes sure the school(s) win(s), and then we decide how to use the money for… MORE awesomeness!
The contest is pretty straight forward. We use either cash or prizes to get people to hustle and get votes.
The “A List” blogger thing could be cool. One idea I had was trying to contact Tim Ferriss (for example), letting him know about the competition (he’s hardcore about education reform too) and getting him to feature St. Marcus and some other schools of his choosing in a blog post about the contest. The $5,000 gets used inspire his readers, or… We could buy like 250 copies of his new book when it comes out!
The MilTownKlan option is… Pretty freaking cool. Basically we all come together and work on this in hardcore mode for the next 2 weeks THEN, after we win, we have $5,000 to… Donate, use to setup the MilTownKlan into a real legal asskicking entity, apply towards another epic project (epic projects are FUN), etc… Anyhow, I need your feedback and ideas. The idea would be that we came together as one, VOLTRON style, and turned into an epic Level 5 Tribe “Delivering Win” the way Zappos is “Delivering Happiness.”
A Video For My Mom
My mom said she liked the TEDTalk videos in my blog posts, so I’m going to try to be regular about doing that. Here’s a good talk about “Tribal Leadership” that I watched the other week. He’ll go into further detail about the “Level 5″ reference I made earlier. You can also listen to the “Tribal Leadership” audio book FOR FREE. [Follow this link for that.]