If you’ve got a crazy idea, please do not dismiss it and please do not dismiss the crazy vision and ideas of others. Read the whole entry.
Take a few minutes to consider the difference between the concept or difference between a million and a billion. How would you explain that?
Last night, I had the privilege of hanging out with Scott Harrison – founder and president of Charity: Water. He was in Seattle for a benefit event that was hosted by John Burgess.
The words – million and billion – sound the same, right? It’s simply one letter change. But Scott distinguished the difference using the parallel of time. Some approximations:
- One million seconds = 12 minutes days
- One billion seconds = 32 hours years
Charity: Water is working towards a milestone of providing clean water for 1 million people later this year. They are an amazing organization that donates 100% of all public donations (same model as One Day’s Wages) to build water wells and provide clean water. They should certainly take a moment to celebrate this wonderful feat but they know what I know:
There are still over a billion people that don’t have access to clean water.
While we were chatting and enjoying our cold beer, Scott shared that he believes it’s possible to solve the water problem of the world – in our lifetime. Translation: Everybody can have access to clean water.
And here’s the kicker: This crazy guy really believes it.
I love visionaries.
If you’ve got a crazy idea, please do not dismiss it and please do not dismiss the crazy vision and ideas of others.
I’d love for you to take 30 minutes to check out Scott’s testimony and vision. I first met Scott (earlier this year) while we were both speaking at The Idea Camp Conference in California. I had been tracking their organization for numerous months and after hearing his testimony, it all kind of made sense.
While Charity: Water is a “secular” organization, it is very clear that his faith in Christ compels him in his crazy vision. Trust me, do yourself a favor and watch this video.
And to prove what a small world we live in, the host of the event John Burgess accompanied Scott and a group of others to Ethiopia during early April. As I watching these videos (the day of), I kept thinking,”I’ve seen that guy.” And it dawned on me recently that John (the dude w/ the beard in the video) visited Quest Church right before his trip to Ethiopia. This video is a simple and clear illustration what many, especially women and girls, have to do in order to get clean water…