It is funny when #GOOD ideas come to you. As I was getting ready for bed tonight, I had an idea: what if I created an “A-TEAM” for social good. As you all (hopefully) know, The A-TEAM was a popular 80′s TV show about an ex US Army Special Forces unit who used their specialized skills and creativity to help people in need. This usually included lots of explosives and no one getting hurt.
What if we did the same thing, but without the explosives? What if there was an elite A-TEAM of social do-gooders who used their diverse skills to help local and global communities? What if WE (the people reading this) were the first ones to do this?
So what would this look like?
The folks on the A-TEAM had different skills. The Do-gooder A-TEAM would do the same. Each team would be 5-7 people strong and include people with various skills. There could be fundraisers, construction experts, communication strategists, graphic designers, writers, financial analysts, techies, teachers, linguists, doctors, filmmakers, moms, etc. The teams would be “deployed” to a particular cause or activity. The mission would be filmed and shared on the social web.
Where would the A-TEAM be deployed?
Teams could be deployed locally and internationally. It could be as simple as a volunteer weekend in the city, or as complex as a volunteer trip out of the country. Voluntourists travel around the world and soak up local culture by working with locals to better communities in need. Depending on your interests you could monitor wildlife in the Amazon, teach Thai children English, or take care of orphans in Haiti.
The teams’ mission would start at home, where they would have to spread the word, fundraise and prepare for the trip. Then once they are deployed, they will be able to use their diverse skills to make as big of impact on the community as possible.
This is an evolving idea, and far from fully-baked. That’s why I shared it with you. PLEASE share your thoughts and suggestions, and maybe together we can create our A-TEAM.
* For those of you not blessed with ever watching the A-TEAM, enlighten yourselves here.