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Christa, Valeria, thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

I'm not so sure how well I could do the giving less thing, but I've recently stumbled onto an idea after watching a movie ("The Human Experience" - streaming on Netflix). The question popping into my mind after watching this movie was, "There are doctors who travel the world helping sick people in need. What if gearheads could do the same thing, helping people in need with transportation?"

There's already been an amazing response to the idea on the back channel and I've decided this is something I want to pursue, to whatever ends I can. I've seen similar programs - Doctors Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders, Pedals for Progress - but never something organizing automotive enthusiasts around helping people in automotive need like this.

So, to your point about giving people something they've never seen before, I'm going to share the learning process on Gearbox. From conversations with gearheads about how they already work with charities in developing regions, to thoughts on how find people in need (who may not be online), to the challenges of organizing and fundraising, to whatever actually checking the toolbox for a flight to wherever this all leads - I'm going to put it out there.

The accountability of such an undertaking scares the shit out of me, too, but ideas are wasted if not put into action.

that is an astute observation -- they already cover that ground somewhere else. See my comment above to Brian's note for other observations.

I like Christa's observations, because they resonate with my experience as well. In many instances, the more I have given, the less the community stepped forward. In fact, what worked is often counter intuitive -- stepping away, mixing things up, building a service that people will want, for example a secondary market for jobs in the automotive industry (I'm making it up), or an aggregation of events they would not find somewhere else... kind of what Mashable did to break through from its beginnings. Do the ideas, make stuff happen. That's what attracts people.

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