Archive | January, 2011

Truly, truly awesome.

26 Jan

An unbelievable response to the Toronto Awesome Foundation. You rock, Toronto+Canada+World. All of this within the last few days…

Profile on the front page of today’s The Star.

Interview with OpenMatt on Metro Morning yesterday.

Article in Toronto Life.

Profile on BoingBoing.

Profile and interview with Tim Hwang (founder) in Huffington Post.

Article in BlogTO.

Article on And CityTV is going to cover our launch party on Feb 24th.

Setting up an interview with Fearless Fred at The Edge / 102.1.

Over 15,000 views to the site.

The volunteer efforts of PR-wizard extraordinaire, Gavin D.

Corey Mintz is going to make us supper while we decide who gets the first prize.

A mass explosion of Twitter traffic and new subs to @awesomefound.

Already getting a waiting list of people who want to join the Board. (Start another chapter?!?)

A new ‘Battle of Ontario’ flame war going with Ottawa re: who is awesomer.

Chad is  working to launch Awesome Montreal. Also new start-ups underway in the Gulf region and Seattle. Awesome LA has over 350 people coming to their launch party.

And most importantly… Coming on 40+ submissions to make Toronto awesome, including:

  • Guerilla stealth classical music raves
  • World’s largest sparkler party along Yonge Street, hosted by a clown
  • Musical pieces composed as palindromes (sound the same both ways) timed to the length of the trip between subway stations. Launched with a late night live performance on the trains.
  • An ‘Interac’ card for receipts
  • Big-ass karaoke party at Yonge & Dundas Square with the lyrics on all the digital billboards
  • Hand sanitizers and lotion at gas station pumps
  • ‘You’re going too fast’ signs in school zones
  • A front-of-the-car brake light invention by an ex cop
  • A young band needing studio time for their first album
  • And, of course, our very first submission: Laser Monkeys.

Keep it up! This is amazing.

$1,000 to do something Awesome.

20 Jan

The first grant cycle of the Toronto chapter of the Awesome Foundation is now open!

Further details below, but the basic idea is that 10 Torontonians have committed to showing up each month, stuffing $100 each into a paper bag, and giving that bag to the person we think has the best chance at achieving something awesome.

No reporting, no strings, no oversight. Just $1,000 to do whatever it is you think is worth doing.

Deadline for submission is February 15th. (So really whenever I wake up on Feb 16th.)

So let’s get going! Tell us what amazing thing you’d do with a grand.

For those of you who refuse to believe it’s that simple:

What we’re about. How it works. Who we are. A detailed FAQ.

Other projects around the world. The founding concept.

We’ve Launched!

18 Jan

We’re excited to announce the launch latest chapter of the Awesome Foundation in what is, truly, the most awesome city on the planet: Toronto.

Stay tuned for more details!

In the meantime, start thinking about what you’d do with $1000 in cash in a paper bag.