First, let me introduce myself to you all. My name is Henry and I’m the founder of ‘The 1 Month Project’, a collaboration enterprise designed to connect entrepreneurs, creatives, thinkers, ideas people and problem solvers together. We use our skills, talents, desires, and pool our resources to work on a “1 Month” project, where the aim is to create something that makes a social impact on the world, whether small or big. Intrigued?
Of course, there are many questions to be answered about how this will work in practice and you may be wondering the reason behind it. The idea came to me when I was doing what we all do. I was thinking “wouldn’t it be great if…” and “why don’t they just…”. It then occurred to me that we all do this all the time, whether it’s during a radio broadcast, watching Question Time, reading the paper or whatever. The English have become masters at criticism, always knowing the answers to what needs to be done, but unfortunately we rarely get around to doing anything about it. It seems to me that there are lots of people with passion and great ideas but no real way to harness that energy into something productive. This is what gave me the idea for The 1 Month Project. What if we actually did get together to do or create something to solve the problems we all hate. Wouldn’t that be a great way to contribute to society?
I’ve always had a belief that the right to criticise should be earned. I remember in Andy Parsons’ “Britain’s got idiots” stand-up, he ended with an adapted Churchill speech of “We’ll fight them on the beaches, and we’ll fight them, from the sofas”. To me this captured an ever-common attitude that we’ll fight till the last breath for what we believe in – as long as it doesn’t involve getting up. Isn’t it difficult though, when you feel you’d like to do something, but don’t really know how you could possibly make a difference? I realised that you need a structure and methodology if you want to make something happen through crowdsourcing: and that’s how The 1 Month Project was born.
What we’re attempting to do then is to create a platform for discussion, debate, problem solving and of course, something tangible to show for our efforts. The theory behind it is nothing new and very simple: whoever we are, we are just one person with limited power. Together, our knowledge, power and ability to incite change is huge and we must figure out a way to put our energy to good, and this is key, positive use. I want to build a community of people who believe in this philosophy and want to put their ideas into action. It will start with a meeting of minds. As Friedrich Nietzsche said: “When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one”.
I hope some of you are interested enough to perhaps get involved with The 1 Month Project or, if not, follow my articles in The Economic Voice. My articles will focus primarily on social issues related to business, economics, entrepreneurs, and how the recession effects and empowers us all. My aim is for readers to feel better after reading my articles than they did before.
All comments are very welcome, and I hope to instigate some lively and progressive discussion. Please keep in mind that all my articles aim to be apolitical since I don’t believe we should rely on politics or political viewpoints to initiate change. You can also follow my blog over at www.the1monthproject.wordpress.com.
Author – Henry Mitchell
The 1 Month Project