I’m going to confess a secret addition: I love crowdfund-stalking. You know crowdfunding? It’s a term used to describe those websites that let anyone with an idea and an internet connection pitch their project to the cynical webosphere and beg for startup cash.
Sites like kickstarter, indiegogo, and fundrazr.
Some very innovative projects have been launched from humble crowdfunding campaigns. I’ve pitched a few dollars here and there, but I can easily spend an hour just browsing through all the ideas. I marvel at the creative problem solving. I die a little inside when I see people that are trying to prepare for or recover from a tragic situation. And of course I like all the diverse art, dance, and film projects.
Here are a few hand-picked campaigns I think you should take a look at. I figure if I can’t fund everything I like I can at least help promote the projects. More eyeballs means more potential donors; and you, dear readers, are all fabulously rich and generous, right?
Without further ado, here is Amy’s curated list of crowdfunding campaigns for September 2013:
The First Little Free Library in New Brunswick
Who wouldn’t love a miniature lending library on their street corner. I have a particular affection for this campaign because it’s within my province AND close to my old stomping grounds to boot! It’s a very modest request – she’s only hoping to raise $350 and she’s already halfway there!
A Redtail’s Dream: Hardcover Print Drive
I love non-superhero comics, and this one is so beautiful it hurts. The entire comic series is available for free as a webcomic, but now the author/illustrator wants to bring it to life in print. Sometimes the writing of the story seems a little awkward, but it is just so.damn.pretty I don’t even care. I’m seriously considering donating enough to get the hardcover book – a book I’m sure will be a treasure to own and share with JL when he gets a bit older.
Help Offset Felix’s Medical Expenses
This fundraising campaign came to me through work. I did donate to this fund, and Jon did too. How could we not, when their story is so close to our own? Thankfully Jean-Lucs condition wasn’t a (huge) mystery and was corrected with two short laprocopic procedures. This poor kid has lived with a chronic condition for nine years and still has a long journey ahead.
Indie Game: Scurge of the Shadows
I’m a firm believer in NOT underestimating what young people can do, so I hope 13-year-old Seth raises enough to take his indie game from good to great. If you have a hard time taking “kids” seriously then skip the pitch video – it kinda rambles a bit. That said, Seth is a game designer/programmer, not a PR expert. He seems dedicated to the project and that’s enough for me to want to send him a twenty. ONLY 18 DAYS TO GO!
Heroics: A Role Playing System
This campaign appeals to my inner (and outer) nerd. I love a good old round-table role playing game, and I love superheroes and villains. I also love that for $50 I can have a hero or a villain named after me. I’m kinda geeking out over all the female hero/villain options on the Wiki. I would cosplay the shit out of Heat Wave (http://heroicsuniverse.wikispaces.com/Heat+Wave).