i managed to find a few minutes to watch ‘the apprentice: los angeles’ for the first time last night. asides from my enjoyment of espn and dvds, i really don’t catch too much TV – even if jack bauer is everyone’s hero. i had been wanting to catch the apprentice because of james sun, who was a member of the church i pastored in lynnwood (north suburb of seattle) from 1997-2000. he was a college student back then and i’m very pleased for him. i hear that james has done an exceptional job on the show and has a good possibility of being revealed as the ‘winner.’ as of last night, he’s still in the running. but…
while i understand the premise of the show and why it would be so appealing, i have another idea for a show. seriously, who wouldn’t want to fly around on private jets, wheel and deal million dollar deals, sell gold las vegas condos, and other perks of the high life. anyway, here’s the idea: i’d love to see a network host a show with bill and melinda gates entitled, ‘the philanthrophist.’ as the title may allude, the premise of the show would be giving a group of folks (25 every year?) an opportunity to pitch an idea to better the world, love the hurting, feed the hungry, seek justice for the marginalized, seeking refuge for the IDPs, protecting at risk children or children of war, advocate for the ‘have nots,’ etc. – all while demonstrating a model for viability and sustainability. every year, the first place receipient receives $1 million, 2nd place – $500,000, and 3rd place – $250,000 – to implement their dream organization.
can you imagine what fresh vision and ideas could come out of something like this? if you know the gates or any network executive, please forward this post to them. i seem to have misplaced the gates’ phone number. i certainly would love to be on a show like that. minhee and i have been wrestling a little more intensely the past couple months about starting a non-profit that would seek to make a difference – however small – in the larger world. it’s been on our hearts for some time but for the time being, we’re asking God to expel the fear in our hearts.
if you had a million dollars, asides from buying lots of bowls of pho, how would you use it to ‘better’ the world? what kind of non-profit org would you start? what kind of humanitarian aid org? where in the world would you invest? what purpose? what are some of the organizations you love or support?
one that absolutely blows my mind is this.