In my last blog post, I asked for suggestions about how to help Baby Boomers who want to change the world through social innovation to do so. Boomers are a monumental force in our nation, and most are approaching retirement. I predict that most of them will not quickly go to the rocking chair.
An assumption I make is that almost all normally functioning people at some time in their lives want to help categories of people about whom they care.
A second assumption I make is that most people are very busy during most of their lives and don’t have much extra time. Unless a person has a job in a nonprofit that assists others, it is difficult to find the time to come up with an innovative idea and start a new program to help others.
I guess there is one more assumption I want to state: Most people don’t know how to start an innovative program designed to help others.
We are in a special time in history. In the next several years, hundreds of thousands of energetic, talented Boomers will be seeking meaningful activities in retirement.
OK…It is time for me to share my idea.
We are in brainstorming mode, right?…where any idea can be proposed and no idea is inappropriate to be placed on the table for consideration, right?
Idea: How about if we start several nonprofits that each serves a region of the nation (hmmm, maybe I should think bigger and expand this to the world?) devoted to providing free consulting for teams of people 55 years and older who want to start innovative programs to help others in need?
Why not start some regional nonprofits to help Boomers start nonprofits (or innovative programs to be integrated into existing nonprofits)?
I sort of like this idea.
Maybe in some cases these regional nonprofits might serve as incubators for innovation. In other cases, maybe a team of clients will have the innovative idea and simply need help building a “business plan”.
I just had this idea a couple hours ago, so I have not scrutinized the idea well at all, but I want to throw it out for consideration.
Thank you for reading my small blog.
Best wishes. – Keith