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Working together is a success

Crowdfunding is nothing new. Most people don’t know is that the Statue of Liberty was crowdfunded. In the late 1800’s, the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t make it across the ocean, because The American Committee couldn’t raise enough money to finance the pedestal on which the Statue should stand. Joseph Pulitzer and his newspaper ‘the World’ involved the American people in his campaign to complete the monumental project, by using a earlier form of crowdfunding. Due to this campaign he was able to fund the lacking 100,000$ of total 300,000$ to build the pedestal, while the over 120,000 donations were in most cases less than a dollar. 

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Before Project Community I had no idea what the definition of crowdsourcing or crowdfunding is. But after watching couple of videos, scanning crowdfunding websites and reading through a lot of campaigns I got a notion of it. I used to know platforms that use the power of the crowd by gathering enough votes for petitions. I think it’s a good way to reach all the people in the world, who wants to be involved and who wants to help. By making a project public and asking for help, both sides can benefit from each other. Just like in the story above, in which the people who helped with a donor, got a miniature statuette. This souvenir made them feel like a part of the building. And that is the nice thing about crowdfunding. It is about reaching people, who likes your ideas and want to help you, realizing them. For me, it’s surprising to see, how much the people trust in these projects and in their founders, by donating and actually not asking for anything in return.

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By writing this blog following questions are coming up like…

Who are these people, donating for this projects ?

What was the main reason, for supporting this projects ?

How safe are all the crowdfunding websites or campaigns ? 

How much is in it for the crowdfunding websides themselves ? 

How many of these projects actually reach their goals ?

So while designers use crowdfunding only for raising enough money to finance their own projects, crowdsourcing is used to share, exchange and generate ideas and work together. Although I think a designer also should have his freedom creating new ideas. 

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”

~Rollo May

Indeed, with solitude you keep focused and it’s quite, but maybe it’s too quiet ?

Because Human beings (including designers) are still “social” animals, who are designed to mingle. With this conclusion another question comes up

Which tasks are given in crowdsourcing ? 

How can you make the best use of crowdsourcing ?

Well here are just a few cases of crowdsourcing. A webdesigner for example, could get feedback on his webside before making it public. Or the webside ‘Couchsurfing’. A social platform where people all over the world offer their couches, beds and even rooms to traveling people. Another good example is Crowdjourney a website which offers help for the people that want to crowdfund, to create a video to spread the word. 

Obviously working in a crowd, collaborate and trusting each other is a good way that leads us to success !

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Aureole

It is a quiet me. A louder we and very loud networks that is shouting to everyone. You just need to listen.

I joined Facebook just recently because I had a project and I want to reach people outside my personal network. I joined a group about making bobbing lace, because I want to find out: What people make bobbin lace? What kind of bobbing lace do they produce? What problems they have to deal with? And it worked.

Maybe an other reason to join fb was to keep in touch with my siblings. I do not live at home since I am 16 years old (because I went to an art-highschool in an other city, and than started studying) and I want to stay in contact with them. I do not want to take the initiative all the time and write them an e-mail. I can see what they are interested in and vice versa.

I have been in the past once to fb. But I was not interested in it at all. They always post stupid stuff. And I had no benefit of being in fb. In fact I had less time. And also now I do not have time for my other hobbies. Be active in the “real” world. Go climbing, cycling, running…

Now in our study here pretty much everything runs in fb. There are discussions, inspiring posts, helpful links, interesting job-offers… You definitively miss a lot, if you are not on fb. I do not know if anyone from this course is NOT on fb and I wonder how he/she feels about that. First I was more an observer on fb, but know I try to communicate more with others. I have started with looking for groups with the same interests and started own initiatives. I use fb more for networking and stay in touch with university stuff. But of course you can’t separate private from “work” nowadays.

A network that I like very much is Couchsurfing. In fact I joined this network before fb. There you can look for people in the same area where you live. And meet for going climbing. It is a place that connect people that are new to a town to others. Or while traveling look for people that want to meet and give you a tour through downtown. Couchsurfing is used the most to find a host in a city/ town you want to got to. And for offering your “couch” to people that are traveling. It is a big community and works like a circle. I offer some one my couch and can sleep on some one else couch… I love this idea.

For research I sometimes post questions to specific themes in blogs. Or browse there for problems.

Now recently we started blogging, and I like sharing my experience and knowledge. But there are so many people out in the world. Who will read my blog-post? Why should someone read it? I am not that special. What I share, many others can also share.

So in general I am a more quiet internet user. I browse for helpful informations. I do not want to be connected all the time with online spaces. I am still improving my network skills and try to use it more for “work”. To get to know new people in the “real” world I use also Couchsurfing.

cu next week

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Miri's Desk