“Closed Loop” is growing!
The Amerlux ball STILL isn’t rolling. I was going to crackdown on my boss today about it, but there is a big meeting with Gensler about a project involving the Shanghai Tower. Definitely check out the Shanghai Tower, when it is built, it is going to be the 2nd tallest building in the world. It is breaking a lot of ground in mixed-use, urban, sustainable building. Anyways, everyone was already really tense about this meeting, so I will postpone my confrontation until tomorrow.
Consulting Amerlux about more sustainable habits got me thinking… what could the Closed Loop become? I used to work for a student-run non-profit organization called F.O.O.T.S.T.E.P.S.. It was a great experience, stressful at times, but great. It made me feel like “wow, this is what I could do…for life”. Really rewarding, volunteer for a non-profit if you have free time or are just interested. Worth it. Anyways, this project with Amerlux makes me want to do more projects. I talked to Rohit Malholtra, the President of F.O.O.T.S.T.E.P.S. and a friend of mine, for some advice. He works in D.C. for the ONE campaign. Yes, that is the one with U2′s Bono. Baller.
So, if Closed Loop expanded…
A) What could Closed Loop do? Helping companies, individuals, schools maybe, adopt more sustainable practices/designs/habits. Right now the economy is really tight and many people do not budget for such changes. And we all know people won’t change for free (unless they REALLY care).
B) How would I afford this? Well, I people have asked me about donating to my cause. But, Closed Loop was just a student project then. Closed Loop it is definitely not a charity. But, it is not a corporation because I am not interested in making a profit. It is not quite a non-profit though. It can be a non-profit consulting company. This means that with the donations I earn, I can allocate them to projects (like cleaning up Amerlux) as I see necessary. I could use the money to up-keep the website, donate to schools, etc.
C) And how exactly do you plan on doing this by yourself? The great thing about being a non-profit consultant is that you CAN do it by yourself. I am thinking on a very local scale right now. So I will approach a future client as an individual consultant or a client can approach me as an individual. Once I have some funds, following through on these projects is feasible– for me to execute and for a client to accept.
What do you guys think? Could it happen?