Who came up with the idea for ShareThatThought?
My name is Gabrielle Glancy.
I’m 60 and I have asthma. I’m not a virologist or epidemiologist or even a doctor.
I’m a poet and novelist who gets kids into college for a living.
I have a thirteen-year-old son, whom I adopted from Guatemala. I haven’t seen my 91-year-old mom in almost a month even though she lives five minutes away from us. My biggest fear is that my mom or I will get sick and I will never see my mother again. I also have a Dutch partner who had to return to Holland to be with her three sons before her country or ours was closed and she couldn’t get home. When will I see her again? Your guess is as good as mine.
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Every day thousands are dying from the disease and there does not seem to be a quick fix.
Although I am otherwise healthy, I pray I will survive long enough for them, whoever they are, to find a cure and/or a vaccine. I am praying that if I contract the virus, the health care system will be better equipped to save my life than it is now.
In the meantime, I am hoping that widespread, fast and affordable testing will soon be available to everyone.
The clock is ticking. It’s a race against time.
The world needs solutions and it needs them fast.
It’s not a time to fool around, stand on ceremony, compete for information or refuse the ideas of those with no credentials.
How did ShareThatThought Come About?
Many years ago I had the idea to organize and facilitate global roundtables as a way of bringing together lay people from all over the world to solve world problems — famine, climate change, disease.
This was the project I wanted to take on when I retired from my present career.
But I see that this idea, and the power of the collective mind, cannot wait.
What is the premise of ShareThatThought?
You may argue that a taxi driver in New York City or Delhi, a glassblower in Murano, a stone mason in the Adirondacks, a math professor in France, a ukelele designer in Hawaii might know nothing about mRNA. You may argue that children, the homeless, people who have never worked a day in their lives would have nothing to contribute.
They may even have an advantage.
Without preconceptions, in a non-competitive, non-hiearchical, culturally unbiased environment, with no one to tell you that your ideas are outrageous, unprecedented or impractical, lay people, given basic information, can come up with great ideas that are more likely to be out-of-the-box.
What is the goal of ShareThatThought?
The ultimate goal of ShareThatThought in the immediate present is to harness the power of individual minds working collectively to solve a problem that affects us all.
Right now, we need effective treatments, vaccines, and widespread testing for COVID-19.
ShareThatThought is an experiment whose success could be a lifesaver and a game-changer.
There are indeed other global problems to be addressed.
But none more pressing now than this.
How does ShareThatThought work?
ShareThatThought relies on the premise that two (or two hundred) heads are better than one.
By sharing important articles or ideas as you would, for example, on Facebook or around the dinner table, and opening your own ideas and questions to the public on a dedicated site available to everyone, not just experts, ShareThatThought hopes to accelerate the speed at which new discoveries can be made.
My hope is that ShareThatThought will become an open, go-to source for those who have the power to implement the ideas generated for free on this platform.
It may mean you don’t get credited for your good ideas — you don’t win a Nobel Prize or hit the jackpot because of them.
Of course, whatever you come up with will be documented on the site, though someone else could say they came up with it first.
You’d have to be OK with knowing in your own heart that you made a major contribution to the global effort to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and maybe even your own.
What can you post on ShareThatThought? And what should comments consist of?
You can post URL’s, articles or your own ideas on ShareThatThought — but they must be related and contribute to solutions to the problem of COVID-19.
You can use the ideas of others as springboards for your own thoughts or ideas. ShareThatThought is not a place for criticism of the government or the powers-that-be unless you provide a constructive alternative solution to what is being done now. In this way, ShareThatThought is not a political platform. It utilizes the intelligence, diversity and differences of minds and spirits from all over the globe, but is, in a sense, blind to race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
You don’t need anything but what you already possess — your mind and your desire to help the planet — to be a contributing member of our community. It is a platform on which everyone is equal.
Why are you asking for donations and where will the donations go?
In this very difficult moment in history, many people are out of work. Many of my own clients have had to postpone our work together until they can count on money coming in.
In order to create ShareThatThought, I have taken out a business loan.
I knew the moment was now and I knew it was important.
I believe in ShareThatThought and I was willing to take the risk to invest in it.
My hope is that ShareThatThought will one day make enough money to support itself. Ultimately, I would hope we could sponsor organizations fighting COVID-19.
If you share the vision, I hope you will consider contributing your ideas and whatever you can afford to help get ShareThatThought off the ground.
What is the future of ShareThatThought?
My hope is that ShareThatThought will go viral!
It would give me great pleasure and satisfaction if ShareThatThought succeeds in making a significant contribution to the fight against COVID-19.