Can our project management profession save the world?

What was your immediate answer you heard in your head when you read the title of this blog? If “yes”, that’s great, read on.  If “no”, then maybe duck out now… or, read on if you’re open to crazy moon-shot ideas.

I saw a great blog recently on IPMA website, which asked a question “how can project managers raise awareness of climate change?”. Whilst it’s annoying to answer a question with another question, that’s exactly what I did.  My response was “perhaps the question is, what can we do as a PPM profession holistically to save the world?”.

I responded with this question for main two reasons.

(1) I truly believe that there is a way for our entire PPM profession to come together on a global level, and contribute towards a better world.

(2) I have been working on an answer to this very question for over a year now, and I’m going to do something about it very soon.

During this year of thought and idea generation, I’ve attended an event where I got hear some of the worlds greatest mind talk. One such talk was by Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms, a revolutionary shoe brand that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold.  This is called a One-for-One model which is now adopted by many brands, another well known one being Warby Parker, the prescription eyewear brand who again have revolutionized the eyewear market with their “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” model.

For me this concept makes perfect sense, you get something, you give something and irrespective of how small that something might be…it is something.  For me, this model is the key and has been central to my thinking as I kicked around moon-shot ideas of how we, as professionals in our project management industry globally, can adopt a one for one model and together make a better world.

Of course, ideas on their own are worthless….that is, until they are executed and made into a reality.  So that’s what I’m doing, I’m dedicated to making a ‘one-for-one’ model work within our entire project management profession on a global level, one where every PPM professional gets something and in so doing, gives something that contributes to making a “Better World”.

This sounds a bit crazy I know, but to coin a phrase from Mr Jobs, “The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”

There’s more to come on this subject over the coming weeks… however if you’re one of the crazy ones and would like to be involved now, message me directly on LinkedIn.

 

@MrPortfolio

 

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