The challenge is getting the first hundred million speakers. People have been promoting Esperanto for more than a hundred years. Those supporting the Promise Project don’t want to wait another hundred years. Many people around the world do like the idea of an easy-to-learn, neutral, international language, but don’t want to learn a language that few people speak. So, instead of asking people to learn Esperanto now, when it’s usefulness is limited, we are asking people to promise that they will learn Esperanto after one hundred million people have made the same promise. If 100 000 000 people all learn at the same time, it would be a world changing event. In the language, the word “Esperanto” means “someone hoping”. With the strategy of first collecting promises, we think we have a chance to turn the hope into reality.
Do you think this is a good strategy?