I love, love, love this idea. It’s a “do good bus” that people ride, without knowing where they are going and without knowing exactly how they’ll be doing good. Part of the fun of having one’s own venture, like SPACIOUS, is being able to learn about what others are doing and give them shout-outs. So this is a big shout-out to the “Do Good Bus” people, who are helping non-profits, individuals and groups in Los Angeles.
I’d like to hand them a “Silver Lining” card electronically, so they can know that they’ve provided a silver lining in my day by doing this fun, valuable project. About once a month they take off with a busload of people who’ve signed up to go wherever it’s going. They wine and dine those on board with the help of local restaurants who get showcased for donating or discounting. And then they take the people to a previously undisclosed project where they all pitch in and work together to right some wrong, fix some problem, address some need. They don’t tell them where they’re going ahead of time because that creates a fun element of surprise and because it helps limit preconceived notions and challenges people to have open minds.
The thing that excites me most about it is that we can talk and talk and talk about a need that exists in our city or about a group or person we want others to consider helping. We can talk about it until we’re blue in the face (a rare sight, I’ll admit). But it’s much more effective to simply say “Come and see.” And then — most importantly — to take people along, make it accessible, do the driving, provide a meal on the way even. Because there are enough obstacles in life to just getting our teeth brushed in the morning or getting to the gym or giving our grandmother a call; we all intend to do good things that never happen. How much better is it to set each other up for success in doing the things we want to do anyway (and then having the fun of action and discovery with others, not alone). Win/win/win/win/win.
We have a SPACIOUS vision of SPACIOUS Mobiles roaming D.C. (and then other cities) bringing recess and social services to those in need. You can read more about that here. So the Do Good Bus is particularly exciting because we could learn from them and perhaps have an intermediate step before we’ve bought our first “mobile” (we’re thinking decommissioned ice cream trucks) by doing something like this once a month in our area.
In my last post I talked about the value of having a partnership with someone else versus going it alone in our creative endeavors, and it’s just as true at the structural or corporate level as it is at the personal level that we benefit from what others are doing, from knowing about it, cross-promoting, learning, dreaming, and celebrating.
So in that spirit, I’m really excited to tell people about this Do Good Bus. If you’re in LA, ride along and write us about it.
If you’re not, imagine something similar you could do.
If you’re in D.C., let’s talk about getting those SPACIOUS Mobiles out on the streets as soon as we can, and let’s talk about how, in general, “come and see” as a way we can introduce other people to the things we love.
Talk is cheap; bus rides are priceless. Or something like that.