Ideal Interviewees? You’ve probably never heard of them

Who would I interview if there were no limitations?

Hmmm…good question.

This has perhaps been the hardest post for me to write, mainly because I think I’ve changed my mind about a dozen times. However, every time I do try and make a decision, one type of personality seems to pop up; Bill Somerville.

This past Tuesday our class was honored to hear from Bill Somerville, an expert on grassroots philanthropy, the founder of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, and one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Since that class, I’ve been thinking non-stop about what he said, his purity of heart, and about the fact that I had never heard of this man despite his incredible goodness. I guess I don’t expect to have heard of every good person in the world, but at the same time I feel like there is this unwritten expectation that if you do something big enough or great enough then you will become heralded for it and become famous. Granted, in the philanthropy space Bill Somerville is well known, but I would bet that at least 95% of working class Americans have never heard of him, and the percentages is probably higher than that.

The reason that I bring this up is because I think Bill is the type of person that I would want to interview; someone that is dedicated to the cause and is making an unparalleled difference in people’s lives but is probably only known to few people outside of the space he/she is working in. I think that as good as our intentions may be, because we are human, fame, recognition, and notoriety tend to change us or manipulate our thinking and perspective. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but I would be interested in interviewing someone who has never been tainted by these possible negative consequences to recognition, a person who is involved and making a difference just because they care. I honestly can’t think of anything better than to delve into the mind and heart of this kind of individual.

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