From Renewable Energy in Ukraine to State-of-the-Art Airport Parking in Seattle

Last week I asked my Tip of the Week Community to tell me about yourself and the cool stuff you’re working on. You guys BOWLED US OVER with your answers to my question, “What’s the coolest thing you’re working on?

From renewable energy in Ukraine to state-of-the-art airport parking in Seattle, you guys are up to some amazing things. Below, see a cut of some of the most interesting. (If you’re not on it, it doesn’t mean your project isn’t great – this is just a quick sampling!)

I bet there’s things you’ll see on that list that will inspire you, as they did me – or things that you know you could help with. Now imagine being part of a learning community surrounded by people who feel just like you do – inspired and wanting to help. THAT is what I’m creating with myGreenlight, along with the program itself: an incredible action-based curriculum, tons of tools and resources, and a smart, knowledgeable staff.

Soon we’ll be announcing another limited-time special membership offer for the Tip of the Week list only. Please give it a read and consider the program for yourself. (If you’d like to join that list, subscribe at in the top right corner.)

If you see your project on the list below, and would like to identify yourself and add the URL in the comments, go for it! And if you’re not on the list, please comment to share the coolest thing YOU’RE working on!

  1. Early stages of a web site/community promoting self-esteem for girls and women.
  2. Building up my knowledge-base about using technology to support the practice of law
  3. Fundraising for renewable energy projects in Ukraine
  4. Creating an aesthetic physical environment for our business school students by finding philanthropic support for a dramatic sculpture
  5. Conducting an exclusive search for the Director of Internal Audit for a $120 billion Global Manufacturing company
  6. Merging three organizations (two of which were competitors) into a new organization that uses the best of all of us to form a more effective new entity.
  7. My own show and blog.  I will be interviewing celebs and entrepreneurs on their business and charities.
  8. Working on a foundation investment policy and writing a book on applied economics for everyday people.
  9. Building sales for a brand new state-of-the-art airport parking garage in Seattle
  10. A global music series for PBS
  11. My new healthcare & bioscience B2B magazine.
  12. I’m working on starting a new non-profit organization devoted to advocating medical research, namely standing up for embryonic stem cell research through innovative story telling and honest advocacy
  13. I am working with my town to become more magnetic by strengthening the relationships retailers and services have with each other so that we can be truly unique and wonderful in ways that matter to our visitors and residents.
  14. I’m working in my spare time to build and grow a nonprofit program to put new and gently used sports equipment in the hands of children in need – children involved in sports have higher self esteem, are much less likely to enter the criminal justice system, and have a much better chance of getting out of poverty.
  15. Being a better husband and father.
  16. My own two-person, interactive improv character based cabaret show (phew)
  17. I found a market niche in high risk, low dollar value loans and am starting a bank to do the lending.
  18. The Canadian Positive Psychology Association and its first conference
  19. Helping my wife get an internet-based lingerie business off the ground(!)
  20. I have co-founded a new non-profit organization, Ultimate Allstars, where we provide private music lessons to special needs students
  21. A new coaching program aimed at helping family caregivers maintain balance in their lives
  22. Interconnecting all of those that are in my current network together to help them meet their goals
  23. Creating a data analysis tool for the largest aerospace manufacturer that measures employee workload
  24. Launching a blog about interior design using items found in thrift shops.
  25. Taking the office paperless
  26. Seed funding for a new plug-in hybrid truck company, mainly displacing the need for diesels in cities
  27. Developing a new way to light motion pictures and television using remote phosphor technology, this disruptive technology will be a game changer.
  28. I am starting a program called Philanthropy Field Trips. The field trips are custom designed to make it easy and fun for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with nonprofits in their communities.
  29. New initiative to help our collection of churches generate leaders who can help turnaround struggling churches
  30. Working my way through the 30-Day Challenge, which I heard about on the 4- Hour Work Week forums
  31. The construction of an historic replication of a two-story pavilion, being built ON a lake!
  32. A daily journal/ calendar that also has guides to help with day-to-day organization. It includes information from you, to help with networking, and the journal part is set up to make sure that Altucher’s 4 “lucky guy” steps are implemented daily (also a resource you supplied).
  33. A kitchen incubator for culinary start-ups
  34. We give out prosthetic hands to anyone around the world who needs them always at no cost.
  35. I’m trying to put together a plan for a clean water NGO.
  36. Taking our coaching online so that it is available to athletes/parents/coaches nationally through video.
  37. Growing a peer-to-peer coaching program for managers in my organization
  38. Lawsuits against BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill.
  39. Remodeler by day, writer by night, I have started working on a series of children’s books
  40. Last year we launched a non-profit association to help build the media industry in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
  41. Teaching mountain dulcimer’s to elementary school students; with the dulcimers purchased from donations given to a group of us that entertain local clubs and church’s
  42. A new leadership program for women that connects the strategies and mindset of athetes to professional success
  43. Writing a book on my family’s geneaology
  44. Local YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. It is an awesome program that makes a lot of kids better people and teaches a ton of life lessons.
  45. 1/2 penny pair of plastic parts that keep shoelace tension while tying and shoe knots tied all day.
  46. I’m helping develop an educational curriculum to help college students understand the importance of their story and develop sustainable leadership habits.
  47. An empowerment program for women who are contemplating or facing separation and/or divorce.
  48. Something for my two sons. They are yearly memory boxes, with items that take them from the time they were born, through each year of their life.
  49. Building a full-service strength and conditioning gym that combines the best of personal training and small group classes.
  50. Opening satellite locations for my Sylvan Learning Center using a new digital learning platform that uses iPads and more cool technology.  This should double my center’s revenue in the next 12 months.
  51. A Hybrid musical about the Comfort Women during WWII.
  52. A board game for the blind
  53. My experimental essay on Whisky and Gardening.
  54. A large scale early-cancer-detection product
  55. A social entrepreneurship project to assist individuals who have been financially affected by sudden acute illness.
  56. Currently writing a seminar series targeted at families planning for parent’s later years. Adult children, spouses, and elder parents = audience.
  57. Preparation for my dream job as a Development Officer at a prestigious Children’s Hospital
  58. A graphic novel about a Young Orphan and an Old Lady looking for water from the fountain of youth in Sevilla.
  59. A Proactive virtual assistant, like-Siri, but pushes information you need to know, like if there is traffic between you and a meeting.
  60. I am growing an avocado tree, seriously started with the seed.
  61. I am working on developing family justice centers.  These are one-stop locations where victims of domestic violence can receive a variety of assistance and information from multiple agencies.
  62. Research for starting an organic farm in upstate NY.
  63. Learning to play the fiddle.
  64. A one-day presentation on our firm’s submission for the design of an athletic facility
  65. I am trying to launch a professional speaking business. As part of preparation, I am doing open mike nights in comedy clubs.
  66. We are the midst of rolling out a competition based program for our employees to generate innovative ideas. I love watching our employees get the opportunity to change the face of our business.
  67. A huge dvr project with over 100 cameras and archiving of the footage
  68. I’m launching a sales course designed specifically for creative entrepreneurs.
  69. An event in Guatemala that brings the technology and NGO sectors together.
  70. Using gamification techniques in helping people learn more effectively especially in the sales and marketing professions.
  71. Trying to establish a multi-community youth identification & training program for girl ice hockey goaltenders.
  72. My next painting exhibition
  73. Hosting a celebrity softball event
  74. Building a company that will improve the customer experience in air travel
  75. Building a 3d printer for home brewing that can make its own parts
  76. Promoting my first book: Advertising lessons in Mad Men!
  77. Outside of my work life i have taken a dress-making course. This is a new skill for me.
  78. Planning to quit work and take two years off to travel, do volunteer work and cross some items off my bucket list.
  79. Building my own company in editing books and magazines.
  80. A book on our changing relationship to our work.
  81. I’m working on a mathematical theory to enhance control systems in the cockpits of future aircraft and cars, and organizing a new film festival.
  82. Figuring out how to pool resources from talented parents
  83. Learning mandarin for business.
  84. I am currently working on the business expansion of an online French magazine aside from my business activity as an HR Business Partner for a car manufacturer
  85. Excel contact list with features like displaying a column which shows the earliest data from today that I should contact this person. It can be his birthday, anniversary, anything.
  86. Taking a spiritual and personal growth framework and trying to corporatize it into a leadership and business transformation construct
  87. Rebranding a 50-year-old real estate business that is newly independent after a 2-year stint with a franchise.
  88. A political art project; I make portraits of GLBT individuals showcasing something that shows how normal and average American and unique they are: doctors, artists, lawyers, politicians, chefs, etc. The goal is to show that you cannot tell whether a person is gay, straight, trans, bi, etc. just by looking at them or their career, and that the people who are being denied rights by politicians and laws such as Prop 8 are the same people you work with and know, the people you trust with your finances, your health, and your life.
  89. Buying out and relaunching a brewery in Davis, CA!
  90. How to make virtual team meetings more collaborative than face-to-face.  Clients say that it is breakthrough training for virtual teams.
  91. Figuring out how to monetize a floorplan app
  92. Training for a marathon
  93. Quit my job, moved to Rio de Janeiro to work for a start up
  94. A program about recognizing emotional obligations in the workplace to improve work/life balance.

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