At TED 2004 the first seeds for a mentoring project were sown. 100 Tedsters entered a TED Cruise Challenge (on Monterey Bay…) and had to brainstorm then compete to produce one winner of an idea to change the world. The winning idea was the product of a coalition of three groups who had successfully negotiated their alliance over breakfast. Anyway – it was to create a Mentoring Alliance and one of the first big partners they wanted to work with was Camp America – working with kids. Happily National Mentoring Month in the US last January provided links to an online mentoring toolkit to any mentoring programme registered with them. The toolkit sounds great and we had high hopes of being able to test it and possibly customize it. But sadly despite the efforts of one pledger the answer so far is no. It is only for use inside the US and only with kids..that’s telling us, but who knows , it might be useful for you. They have a fantastic array of funding partners but sadly no Creative Commons Licence!