The Post Growth Challenge: $100 to Change the World(View)

by Sharon Ede

When it comes to advancing real sustainability, what big thing could you do with just a small amount of money and a little help?

The Post Growth Institute team are collectively chipping in US$100, offering a free hour with our start-up whiz, Donnie Maclurcan, and providing promotional support for a person or group that comes up with an idea we judge as most likely to help advance the world(view) beyond economic growth.

Around the world, people are doing innovative things to demonstrate the possibilities of post growth futures. These include participating in superhero tours, organising thought-provoking public stunts, assembling bicycle-powered generators to power local businesses, starting community gardens, creating powerful infographics, organising film festivals, and just giving money away!

We want to know your big idea.

No idea is too crazy — anything goes! All we ask is that you express your idea in 300 words, or less, or on one A4 page if you’re presenting something visually. If your proposal is selected, you will receive $100 and our support, and we also ask that you try out your idea within three months and write a short piece for our blog about your experience.

Don’t forget, ideas often don’t need big budgets in order to change the game (we just thought a little cash and support might help things along!). Think of the Free Hugs movement. Similarly, we began Free Money Day in 2011 without a budget; drawing, instead, on the immense skills within our network of volunteers. For general help with establishing world-changing projects, you may want to check-out: Idealist (USA); IdeaEncore (USA); SI Consulting (Australia); the Unreasonable Institute (Global); and the Awesome Foundation (global).

Submit your ideas in the comments section below or anywhere on our Facebook page by 5pm ( EST), Friday 8th March, and we’ll announce and be in touch with the winner on Facebook, Monday 11th March. Money will be transferred via PayPal or another mutually suitable means.

Please pass on this opportunity to anyone you feel may be interested. Together, let’s use a few dollars to create a whole lot of change.

Originally published in February 2013. To find out more about the Post Growth Institute, visit our website.

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