Tiny grants keep ‘awesome’ ideas coming - @HigherAwesome in the Globe!

The relationship with the Knight Foundation is part of a move that appears to be taking the larger Awesome concept from cute toward serious. While there is no hierarchy, Christina Xu, one of the original trustees, has become something of the public face of the organization; she is the point person for the relationship with the Knight Foundation, and spoke at a TEDx conference, where she outlined many of the mistakes made by traditional nonprofits working in Haiti.

“The more I thought about these things and why they frustrated me,’’ she said of the situation in Haiti, “the more I realized maybe the Awesome Foundation was an answer to this.’’

That may be a reach, but it’s indicative of the sort of thought that attracts people to the Awesome Foundation, the simple belief that ordinary people can create positive change outside of the establishment.