“An old man walked along a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. ‘Why do you bother?’ the old man scoffed. ‘You’re not saving enough to make a difference. ’ The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. ‘Made a difference to that one,’ he said.”
The Starfish Story lies at the core of The $100 Solution and its teaching methodology, encouraging students to implement change in their community with small steps to large challenges. The $100 Solution is not an organization that is set out to solve macro issues such as extreme poverty, world hunger but an organization that is focused on making small changes that have a sustainable, lasting impact on not only the communities it works with but also the individuals involved.