CROWDFUNDING AND CROWDSOURCING
'Harness the Crowd to Increase Awareness, Cultivate New Volunteers, and Gather Information for Your Charity'
Making the right use of croudsoucring- and crowdfunding networks,like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, is essential for starting up with any kind of project and idea. By using these tools, people get the opportunity to make an ‘open call’ to a wider community. Besides of sharing knowledge and ideas, it can enrich the designers/starters and bring diverse perspectives and critical thinking which may help refining or revising their idea. As I said, it is important to know how to use these tools, in order to reach the right audience, and make use of the communities build around the project to support it.Still, they can bring a lot of supportive help for starting up with an idea/project and I guess it connects the right people and creates a good basis for exchanging, creating,refining and raising.
'If we really see each other, we WANT to help each other'
- Amanda Palmer
THE ART OF ASKING
As I was watching this video, I realized its connection to our current prompt. Moreover, watching it made me very emotional, because what she explains is very touching and true. She brakes this issue down, to a personal and human base, by talking about her experiences of searching for self-fulfillment and accepting. And, even more important, about the circle of asking, giving and receiving. As a basic requirement, she views the ability of ‘seeing’ each other, not just as strangers or competitors, but a lot more as human beings with fears, mistakes and hangovers. As we all know or probably even all have experienced, these thoughts and emotions are part of us, since we all are afraid of failure in our lives. Lots of people, including myself, are afraid of asking for help (no matter of what kind) because they feel like it makes them vulnerable. Showing to others that we need help, and through that admitting that we cannot solve our problems on our own, makes us feel like giving a surface for corroding. BUT, instead of letting this fact holding us back, we should use it and try to face each other, with all our doubts and fears. Referring this to the challenge of designers, who often feel urged to ‘make it on their own’ it shows the importance of trust and openness, and above all, the ability of admitting to need help and ASKING for help, without being ashamed. What I guess is, that innovative people, like designers are, have the fear of ‘sharing’ their ideas or the related problems because it might feel like being not creative enough to do it on their own. But in fact, experiencing that should not make us feel like failing. Instead, we should be open for exchanges of thoughts and feelings. As it is true for sharing on all kinds of levels, if you do it with a right intension, it should enrich and help you, and not make you feel like loosing or giving up. Therefore, as we learned last week in our assignment about collaborative group work, Crowdsourcing can be a very helpful tool to use after the individual/organizational idea generation, for refining ideas and bringing different view angles and perspectives. Finally, I see more advantages than disadvantages for Crowdsourcing in Design.
As I did my research on the weekly topics, I found this amazing organization, which in my opinion, has a truly commendable aim. By giving people all around the world access to capital (even small amounts) they encourage and support them on their way of creating a better life for themselves and their families. What I personally find most adorable is, that the focus here is not only in helping people by funding a bigger project, but in supporting those who need financial help in order to have a perspective for their lives. It gives everybody the possibility to help by making a loan in order to support a specific person or project. Moreover, you are getting updates about how the project is going, and in the end, you even get your money back! So, you can use it to fund another project or donate it to KIVA. So PLEASE check it out !
KEEP IN MIND :
'a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved' and 'a joy shared is a joy doubled'
Thanks for reading,