one child change the world? You bet ya!
Twelve year old Trever McKinney has an idea that involves helping
people and utilizes the law of exponential growth, which he calls
"pay it forward".
You start with 3 really good deeds, expect no payback but only "pay
forward". The recipients of the good deeds pass on good deeds
to 3 more people. So 3 deeds turn into 9, and these 9 become 27, and
27 grow to 81 etc. Soon the deeds become a way of life.
Can it possibly work? Wait till you see or 'hear', (the
audio version is terrific too). Pay
It Forward audio tape
math on this is just too cool. IT CAN HAPPEN. We here at themathlab
ran the numbers. The whole thing is based on
powers of three.
Let's say a person completes their three good
deeds in a month. Since there are 12 months in a year, on the twelfth
month there will be 3^12 deeds done=(531,441). That
is over half a million generated in one month. Remember
the month prior will have generated its own 3^11 deeds =(177,147)
and so on for each prior month.
Now these are all growing from a single person
starting with three deeds done the first month.
What if 100 people started with 3 deeds that first month?
That is why we KNOW that this idea
of Trevor's can work. The mathematics shows it very clearly.