Plinky.com asked me what I would do with a million dollars.
Age-old question, and interesting to see how my answer has become more focused over the years, though never losing its core shape.
What would I do with a million dollars?
First of all, I'd earn it
[if you haven't seen the stats relating to the unhappiness of many lottery winners, check them out]
then secondly, I'd give most, if not all, of it away.
I'd pay off the mortgages of my family and clear any debt they currently run.
I'd invest a small amount in a trust fund for my own kids, specifically limited to support their (and my grand-kids' – when they come along) education.
The rest, I would invest in a lean charity
[networked across geographies – and not based on handouts/grants]
focused on bringing people together through music. Built upon innovation techniques and practices, this collaborative experiment would increase human connection across, and through, musical genres.
My funding would provide space and time for musicians
[aspiring and accomplished alike]
to gather, play together, teach and learn. These collaborative groups would increase both their humanity and their will to be a positive change in the world.
Music is the great connector.
And my million would be well-spent putting it into action.