There’s a line from David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” where Ground Control tells Major Tom, “it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare.” This line feels particularly appropriate for this moment in time. After a year of lockdowns, social distancing and awkward elbow greetings, it’s now time to retire the ratty sweatpants and emerge from our respective bunkers to rejoin society. And with the vaccination rollout picking up steam and each day of Spring lasting a little longer, the timing couldn’t be better.
In the early months of the outbreak, it seemed many of us were merely yearning for ‘normalcy’ so we could get back to packing movie theaters, ballparks and restaurants – life’s simple pleasures we had taken for granted. Heck, most of the folks I know would have paid good money just to be back at the office a few days a week! But as the weeks crawled by, the grim realities of what a global pandemic truly means sank in. Over time, it became clear that the world we knew before COVID would never be quite the same, nor would any of us. Now, as things have begun to reopen, I have been contemplating what to do with this new-found perspective. And although I haven’t come to any profound answers to this vexing question yet, a unique opportunity has presented itself that I believe will be a firm nudge in the right direction.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been chosen to be a participant in Season 2 of the innovative TV show, “The Social Movement: 4 Days to Save the World”. I will be teamed up with nine visionaries to create a financially viable solution to solve global social issues such as prevent suicide, end world hunger, end cyberbullying, reinvent the education system, cure cancer, end racism, further empower women and more. As the title implies, we’ll have only four days to create a realistic business plan and pitch it to investors and viewers to get our mission funded. In short, our idea will help change the world by solving a social issue that impacts millions of people.
The added benefit of this short-term opportunity is that it allows me to make a global impact on an important issue, while continuing to lead and grow Topos Labs. But this is not a challenge I take lightly. It means leaving the safety of my post-COVID bubble (my capsule), to think a little bigger, stretch a little farther, and aim a little higher.
And while I’m certain that leaving my comfort zone will feel a bit like floating in space (“in a most peculiar way”) I am changing one word in the last line of Bowie’s song: “Planet Earth is blue and there’s something I can do.” Stay tuned!