Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hasn't exactly been short of good ideas in his time – hence the success that is his e-commerce behemoth.
But the entrepreneur wants some help for a rather particular goal. He needs some ideas on how to spend his money on philanthropic causes.
Writing on Twitter last night, Bezos said he was thinking about "philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I spend my time – working on the long-term".
So he's asked the good people of Twitter to pitch him ideas to help him invest in charitable causes in "the right now", and focus his philanthropic activity "at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact".
He added: "If you have ideas, just reply to this tweet with the idea (and if you think this approach is wrong, would love to hear that too)."
Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017
Twitter users have duly responded with a range of ideas:
Education is a huge issue in the US, look at the student debt, people are loosing their job and cannot access education, yet many companies— Sylvain Kalache (@SylvainKalache) June 15, 2017
Repurpose the skills of military veterans to b immediate responders to natural disasters. Aka @TeamRubicon— Jake Wood (@JakeWoodTR) June 15, 2017
Fund women's healthcare. Underwrite birth control. Give microgrants for gas money and plane tickets to faraway abortions.— your friend Helen (@hels) June 15, 2017
Help pay off student loans. They keep so many from raising their credit score: getting a better job, buying a home or car. Instant impact.— April (@ReignOfApril) June 16, 2017
Equivalent of startup accelerator for fledgling charities? Not charitable startups - charities.Funding+mentoring+intros for current projects— Stuart Dredge (@stuartdredge) June 15, 2017
Many of the globe's successful entrepreneurs have looked at investing back in the world in different ways. Last month, EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou signed up to Bill and Melinda Gates' Giving Pledge that the Microsoft founder and his wife run alongside investor Warren Buffett. The super-rich who join the pledge plan to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Sir Stelios, who has set up a range of businesses under the "easy" brand, is worth an estimated £1.95bn according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
“Philanthropy is different around the world, but almost every culture has a long-standing tradition of giving back,” Melinda Gates has said.
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