This is a conversation we had when naming the organization:
the name has a negative connotation. imagine one of us is in front of 10 rich donors. "hey luke, where did you come up with the name?"...
me - "good question, the name is akin to sherwood forest... you know from robin hood?"
them - "so you are stealing from the rich to give to the poor? and we are the rich suckers you want to steal from?"
me - "precisely"
When in actuality, this is what we were thinking:
The story of Robin Hood was not just taking from the rich to give to the poor. It was taking from those that reigned by tyranny and unfairly taxing the poor thus keeping them destitute and oppressed. Robin Hood used his skills to return the land and wealth to those that it truly belonged to. Remember too that there was King Richard, who was off fighting the crusades, that was revered by the population and celebrated upon his return because he had created a kingdom that benefited all in the land.
I guess this is a way of saying I think Project Sharewood should work to make the people of Haiti and other countries that are subjected to economic forces beyond their control to have a champion for their efforts, their hard work and their rights to a decent standard of living.