[ Spotted first on reddit.com, I don't think they'll mind the added publicity ]
These guys are in the running for $10,000 to bring Shakespeare to those who can’t physically attend the theatre.They need your votes to win. Please vote for them once per day Jan 4 - Feb 28. And if you REALLY want to help, please repost this. In your blog. Facebook. Wherever!
How To Vote
1) go to http://www.refresheverything.ca/shakespeareinhospitals
2) go to the bottom of the window and click "Join Refresh Everything"
3) Fill in the sign up info (name, age, valid email address, password, retyped password, prove you're not a robot, click 'done')
4) Hit "vote for this idea"
5) Repeat each day
6)TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME!
What is this, exactly? Looks like one of those "we'll sponsor your idea to change the world" programs that's becoming more and more popular. The site is a massive list of ideas, all vying for grants of different amounts of money. I love how, on the profile page, the user with the idea has to break down exactly how they'll use the money, why their idea benefits the community, and so on. In other words, some actual thought has to go into this proposal.
This particular group (I know nothing about them personally, and they did not ask me to post this) has gone with the idea of bringing Shakespeare performances to hospitals and senior centers. How can we not love it? Go vote! Especially if you're in Canada, as this is a Canadian operation and may more directly benefit your local community. I'm just supporting it because it's right in line with that "Shakespeare for everyone" thing we always talk about.
I am not thrilled, nothing personal, that they've marked off half the money to pay the actors. Not that I'm against paying actors, I just think that this will turn some people off - it comes across like "we got to get paid, son" is the most important idea. If they were pitching VC for a startup idea and asking for a million dollars, you don't start by saying "Yeah and the three founders will each pay themselves a salary of $250k." On the contrary you say "I'll work for the minimum possible - put every possible dollar into helping the idea succeed."
Anyway. Fingers crossed that they get up into the running - as of this post they're at position #32, and only the top 3 get some money, so they need a boost. Don't know how much of a boost we can give them, but it can't hurt!