The Million Minds foundation was sparked from the question: What if a large group of experts and amateurs from around the world responded to an open call to solve a problem?
“There are untapped pockets of expertise scattered everywhere. Million Minds captures the power of mass creativity and focuses it,” says Owen Jones, high school student from Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia.
As Mr. Jones explains, “Million Minds is a powerful way to solve problems and to fund some great charities.”
The process is simple:
• A client submits a problem and reward on the foundation’s website: million-minds.org
• Solutions pour in from all over the world.
• The client picks the best initial solution.
• A group of experts refines the solution.
100% of the reward goes to a charity chosen by the winning expert. Mr. Jones adds, “I am really excited to see the power of this idea in action. It’s been a lot of fun so far.”
Mr. Jones funded the start-up and infrastructure from his personal savings and continues to fund the operational costs.
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Million Minds, founded in 2011, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The organization enables mass problem solving. You can see Million Minds in action at million-minds.org