Living the Dream

There are few people I respect more on this planet than my cousin Ford. Ford is a person who, for as long as I have known him, has been devoted to helping other people. There are few people I know who give so selflessly.
Several years ago he started The Cottonwood Institute, a non-profit devoted to helping kids obtain a closer understanding and connection with their environment and their community through outdoor education and survival programs.
After several years, I finally feel like things are starting to take off for him. Not only has he hired his first full time employee and cultivated a solid base of benefactors, but the formations of a community around the CWI is beginning to form. Students just recently produced a video for him on YouTube:

People often ask me why blogs are important, and *this is why*. Ford’s blog started off as nothing more than a website, hosted on TypePad. But slowly and surely his blog is evolving into a hub of activity for his students, alumni, benefactors and an entire community of people who share a common interest: The Cottonwood Institute.
Congrats Ford. You have so much to be proud of!

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Living the Dream

There are few people I respect more on this planet than my cousin Ford. Ford is a person who, for as long as I have known him, has been devoted to helping other people. There are few people I know who give so selflessly.
Several years ago he started The Cottonwood Institute, a non-profit devoted to helping kids obtain a closer understanding and connection with their environment and their community through outdoor education and survival programs.
After several years, I finally feel like things are starting to take off for him. Not only has he hired his first full time employee and cultivated a solid base of benefactors, but the formations of a community around the CWI is beginning to form. Students just recently produced a video for him on YouTube:

People often ask me why blogs are important, and *this is why*. Ford’s blog started off as nothing more than a website, hosted on TypePad. But slowly and surely his blog is evolving into a hub of activity for his students, alumni, benefactors and an entire community of people who share a common interest: The Cottonwood Institute.
Congrats Ford. You have so much to be proud of!


One Comment on “Living the Dream”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Byrne. Thank you so much for your kind words, for posting this, and spreading the word to your network. I could not have come so far with the Cottonwood Institute without the support of my friends, family, students, parents, and schools to make it all come together. I really want to inspire others to change the world and take on issues that they are passionate about in their communities. Eye of the tiger, thrill of the fight, risin’ up – let’s do it!


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