Google is entertaining entries for their 10 to the 100th Project: a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. While the odds are great, with a little luck (maybe... lots a luck) my entry just might make it into the finals.
To quote Google: Why this project? Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life. Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people. In other words, helping helps everybody, helper and helped alike. The question is: what would help? And help most? At Google, we don't believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university -- but maybe not. Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you've observed, some notion that you've been fiddling with, some small connection you've noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes. If you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, we want to hear about it. We're looking for ideas that help as many people as possible, in any way, and we're committing the funding to launch them. You can submit your ideas and help vote on ideas from others. Final idea selections will be made by an advisory board. Good luck, and may those who help the most win.
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More from Google: A selection of Google employees will review all the ideas submitted and select 100 for public consideration. The 100 top ideas will be announced at the end of January, 2009, at which point we will invite the public to select twenty semi-finalists. An advisory board will then choose up to five final ideas for funding and implementation. We plan to announce these winners in early February, 2009.
If my idea makes it to the top 100, I'll let you know how you can help push it into the top 20!
--- Regards, Walt Schmidt