When I first started talking about doing a show about the cost of health care… everybody had a story. Including me.
It’s like that famous speech by the writer David Foster Wallace called This is Water. It starts with a joke about two young fish swimming along. An older fish passes by and says, “Morning boys. How’s the water?”
He goes, then one young fish turns to the other and says, “What the hell is water?”
The AWESOME Foundation is … a really, really lovely thing, powered by a simple idea, a website, and a bunch of wonderful people.
The idea: If ten people in a given place all agree to put up a hundred bucks a month, suddenly they’re a foundation! They can make thousand-dollar grants. As of this writing, people do this in 96 places around the world.
Including Chicago, where the local chapter’s trustees gave this project a thousand dollars last night. THANK YOU SO MUCH! We will be putting that money to good use.