Over the years I’ve come up with (what I think are) really cool ideas that I wish I could put into action. I often think: If only I could quit my job and travel the world and try a new kind of food everyday!
Other ideas I’ve had include everything from observing and documenting life on a farm, to studying the gossip exchanged with hairdressers across race, class, and gender, and most recently, creating a picture/recipe book of Passover Seders across the world. Whenever I hear about people pursuing things like this, I always wonder how they get the money to do it. How do people afford to take time off work in order to go out into the world and study, document, travel, and learn? I know that many obtain grants for research purposes, but recently someone suggested that I start an account on Kickstarter.com. Here’s how the website describes the company:
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.
All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.
Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you. Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They’re inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse.
I think this is a wonderful resource for people, young and old, who want to pursue creative projects but lack the funding to do so. An important part of Kickstarter is that project creators have to provide rewards for people who pledge money to their project. This could be anything from a copy of the comic book they’re illustrating to a tour of the creator’s studio. It’s a very innovative way to get people involved that benefits both the creator and the financial backer.
Kickstarter is only for creative projects, but actor Edward Norton just started a site called Crowdrise which is a social network-type site where you can raise funds for charity – another awesome way to use the internet for good!
It’s pretty cool to know that whatever you want to do in life, you can find something on the internet to help you accomplish it.
Anyone know of any other cool sites like these to help people raise both funds and awareness about their projects?