Launching the ‘Experience’ Revolution

“In a nutshell, I don’t believe in changing the world, but in inspiring the world to change itself.”

These words are from January’s $100 winner, Tessa Zeng. A 20-year old from Providence, Rhode Island, Tessa is so passionate about the big vision she’s working toward, she’s leaving art school to make it happen. This month, TheDonatingDrummer will be funding the startup hosting & domain registration to help her get a revolutionary new website up and rocking!

The site will be the hub for an online community of “catalysts in every field who aspire to make a truly human impact through their chosen medium.” Through her design and philosophy work, Tessa has come to realize that “the key to any kind of personal change lies in experience. Not just in those transformative life experiences you stumble upon (though those are awesome too), but in literally creating experiential work.” She is most interested in bringing together and supporting “work through which others can literally experience and become empowered to inspire others in turn.” Examples that will certainly be featured on the site include a friend who wants to start a personal storytelling movement, and global health organizations who connect young leaders in non-medical fields to partners in 3rd world countries.

Tessa Zeng - The Donating Drummer

This is only Month 2 of TheDonatingDrummer and I’ve already discovered one of the most rewarding parts of this project for me . . . simply hearing the excitement and appreciation in a recipient’s voice when I call to inform them they’ve won! Just like Chase Night back in December, I could hear Tessa’s smile over the phone and felt like I had made someone’s day. Now that feels good!

And excited she is! Here are the final words from her impressively well-crafted donation application: “I fully intend to have a website up and running by the end of the month, and you can be sure that this is one investment you will not regret. This isn’t just a side-project, it’s my all-consuming passion that I intend to build a community around & expand like crazy in 2011. You’ll be funding the start of a revolution!”

Thank you, thank you . . .

. . . to everyone that has helped get TheDonatingDrummer up and off the ground! Several great submissions this month made it difficult to choose just one.

Stay tuned in the next couple weeks: Tessa’s cool new project will be launching soon, and we’ll get you the URL and more details ASAP!