The Sharing Economy meets the Internet of Things davidllewelynjones, wordpress.com
Noise over what has been called Collaborative Consumption – and elsewhere The Sharing Economy – has been increasing in volume for some months now. Kickstarter, a crowdfunding business that exists to let people from anywhere in the world don…
"If every product has its own IP address, then it means that every product is a lot more easy to track, and necessarily a lot more easy to lend to others. For, if a device is unique and ‘intelligent’, it should hypothetically recognise your own needs when you need it, and another’s when someone else has need of it"

The Sharing Economy meets the Internet of Things
davidllewelynjones, wordpress.com

Noise over what has been called Collaborative Consumption – and elsewhere The Sharing Economy – has been increasing in volume for some months now. Kickstarter, a crowdfunding business that exists to let people from anywhere in the world don…

"If every product has its own IP address, then it means that every product is a lot more easy to track, and necessarily a lot more easy to lend to others. For, if a device is unique and ‘intelligent’, it should hypothetically recognise your own needs when you need it, and another’s when someone else has need of it"

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Crowdfunding Clean Energy - NYTimes.com
In January, a company called Mosaic, made a splash in the renewable energy world when it introduced a crowd-funding platform that makes it possible for small, non-accredited investors to earn interest financing clean energy projects. When Mosaic posted its first four investments online – solar projects offering 4.5 percent returns to investors who could participate with loans as small as $25 — the company’s co-founder, Billy Parish, thought it would take a month to raise the $313,000 required. Within 24 hours, 435 people had invested and the projects were sold out. The company had spent just $1,000 on marketing. All told, Mosaic has raised $1.1 million for a dozen solar projects to date. Now it is connecting with other solar developers to identify new projects for financing. More than 10,000 people have already signed on and are standing by to invest.

Crowdfunding Clean Energy - NYTimes.com

In January, a company called Mosaic, made a splash in the renewable energy world when it introduced a crowd-funding platform that makes it possible for small, non-accredited investors to earn interest financing clean energy projects. When Mosaic posted its first four investments online – solar projects offering 4.5 percent returns to investors who could participate with loans as small as $25 — the company’s co-founder, Billy Parish, thought it would take a month to raise the $313,000 required. Within 24 hours, 435 people had invested and the projects were sold out. The company had spent just $1,000 on marketing. All told, Mosaic has raised $1.1 million for a dozen solar projects to date. Now it is connecting with other solar developers to identify new projects for financing. More than 10,000 people have already signed on and are standing by to invest.

Crowdfunding push for EZ-EV open source electric kit car
Electrical engineer Gary Krysztopik has been driving his self-built, open-framed, three-wheeled electric “hotrod” on the roads and highways of San Antonio (TX) for over three years now, but folks still can’t help staring as he zooms past. While also working on gas-to-electric conversions (including a VW Bug and a Porsche Carrera), he’s been busy refining and tweaking the design for his “battery box on wheels” and is now preparing to release the EZ-EV car as open source plans, build-it-yourself kits and complete vehicles.

Crowdfunding push for EZ-EV open source electric kit car

Electrical engineer Gary Krysztopik has been driving his self-built, open-framed, three-wheeled electric “hotrod” on the roads and highways of San Antonio (TX) for over three years now, but folks still can’t help staring as he zooms past. While also working on gas-to-electric conversions (including a VW Bug and a Porsche Carrera), he’s been busy refining and tweaking the design for his “battery box on wheels” and is now preparing to release the EZ-EV car as open source plans, build-it-yourself kits and complete vehicles.

Six Kickstarter Projects for Cities | This Big City
Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. It has funded a diverse array of endeavors ranging from indie films, music, stage shows and comics to journalism, video games and food-related projects. Urban enthusiasts and public spacemakers are also embracing Kickstarter to gather financial support for projects that enhance city life and raise awareness about urban issues.
Here are some Kickstarter projects from 2012 with an urban focus:

Six Kickstarter Projects for Cities | This Big City

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. It has funded a diverse array of endeavors ranging from indie films, music, stage shows and comics to journalism, video games and food-related projects. Urban enthusiasts and public spacemakers are also embracing Kickstarter to gather financial support for projects that enhance city life and raise awareness about urban issues.

Here are some Kickstarter projects from 2012 with an urban focus:

Bringing Hidden Healthcare Data Into the Open | Wired Business | Wired.com
As anyone who has had the courage to research a sore throat or mystery rash online knows, there is an overabundance of information available to help you try and get a handle on what ails you. What has been missing, however, is easy access to other kinds of medical information that have a direct bearing on healthcare, including a patient’s own medical records, test results, copies of X-rays and MRIs, and how one doctor performs when compared to others in his or her area of expertise. Enter self-described health IT hacktivist and author Fred Trotter, who, with a bit of crowdfunding cash, and a whole lot of patience, has hatched a plan to bring hidden healthcare data into the open.

Bringing Hidden Healthcare Data Into the Open | Wired Business | Wired.com

As anyone who has had the courage to research a sore throat or mystery rash online knows, there is an overabundance of information available to help you try and get a handle on what ails you. What has been missing, however, is easy access to other kinds of medical information that have a direct bearing on healthcare, including a patient’s own medical records, test results, copies of X-rays and MRIs, and how one doctor performs when compared to others in his or her area of expertise. Enter self-described health IT hacktivist and author Fred Trotter, who, with a bit of crowdfunding cash, and a whole lot of patience, has hatched a plan to bring hidden healthcare data into the open.

To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists, FundersClub Raises $6M Seed Round — Biggest In YC History
For those unfamiliar, FundersClub is a website that picks promising startups and lets people invest in them over the web in return for real equity. Anyone who’s an “accredited investor” (earns over $200,000 a year or has a net worth over $1 million) can browse startups with open rounds ranging from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars. They learn about the businesses, pick ones they believe in, and plop down as little a $1,000. The average investment so far is $2500. All the legal paperwork and money transfer happens right there online.

Full Story: TechCrunch

To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists, FundersClub Raises $6M Seed Round — Biggest In YC History

For those unfamiliar, FundersClub is a website that picks promising startups and lets people invest in them over the web in return for real equity. Anyone who’s an “accredited investor” (earns over $200,000 a year or has a net worth over $1 million) can browse startups with open rounds ranging from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars. They learn about the businesses, pick ones they believe in, and plop down as little a $1,000. The average investment so far is $2500. All the legal paperwork and money transfer happens right there online.


Full Story: TechCrunch

In Colombia, world’s first crowdfunded skyscraper offers investors a share in profits
Citizens don’t often get a say in the major building developments that populate their city, mostly because they are usually funded by wealthy architects or investors. However, we recently saw residents in Copenhagen called upon to determine the construction of a new bridge through crowdfunding, and now the BD Bacatá project in Colombia aims to hand over power to the future inhabitants of a skyscraper by getting them to invest in its development. READ MORE…

In Colombia, world’s first crowdfunded skyscraper offers investors a share in profits

Citizens don’t often get a say in the major building developments that populate their city, mostly because they are usually funded by wealthy architects or investors. However, we recently saw residents in Copenhagen called upon to determine the construction of a new bridge through crowdfunding, and now the BD Bacatá project in Colombia aims to hand over power to the future inhabitants of a skyscraper by getting them to invest in its development. READ MORE…

Growing A Museum by F. Marek Modzelewski — Kickstarter

Growing (Literally) A Contemporary Art Museum 

Overview

For this project, I will plant a field of wheat that will be harvested, turned into strawbales —a safe, green, and proven construction material — that will be used to build a museum of contemporary art.  The field  that supplies the wheat, will in turn become the grounds for the museum. 

How Kiva Works

How Kiva Works from Kiva on Vimeo.

Follow the story of a Kiva loan through Pedro, a farmer who gets a loan through Kiva.org and transforms his business.

1: Make a Loan

You make a loan on Kiva. All Kiva loans are made possible by our Field Partners, who vet, administer, and disburse each loan. More

2: Get updates

Throughout the life of the loan, you will see progress updates from Kiva through your email, and if you come back to the site.

3: Get paid back

As the borrower repays the loan, the money becomes available in your account. This is called your Kiva Credit

4: Repeat

You can now use it to fund another loan, donate it to Kiva, or withdraw it to spend on something else.

Ninja Blocks: Connect your world with the web. by Ninja Blocks — Kickstarter

The internet of things for the rest of us.

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Want to bridge the things in your life with the web? Maybe you want to get an alert when your friends are playing on Xbox Live, or send an SMS to your phone when someone is at your front door. Even if you’re an electronics expert, or a programming prodigy, these are complex, finicky projects. Ninja Blocks puts aside the complexity of electronics, networking, and coding and allows you to focus on creating.

Ninja Cloud

This is the Internet of Things the way it should be: Ninja Cloud is seamlessly integrated into your Ninja Blocks, allowing them to easily listen and talk to web services such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Weather and more.

How it all works

Ninja Blocks are simple but powerful open source hardware backed by an amazing web service called Ninja Cloud that allows your Ninja Block to talk to your favorite web apps. 

Each Ninja Block comes with an RGB LED and built-in temperature sensor and accelerometer. Four expansion ports and a regular USB port allow you to add further inputs and outputs. 

Ninja Cloud allows you to control your Ninja Blocks without writing a single line of code.

Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park

A Kickstarter campaign is seeking to transform a defunct trolley terminal in Manhattan into a public space. After about a week the project founders, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, have already raised 60 percent of what they need to make the “Delancey Underground” a reality. 

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Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park

A Kickstarter campaign is seeking to transform a defunct trolley terminal in Manhattan into a public space. After about a week the project founders, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, have already raised 60 percent of what they need to make the “Delancey Underground” a reality. 

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The wonderful Lydia Dean Pilcher,  my friend and consummate filmmaker (Darjelling Limited, Vanity Fair, Jesus’ Son)  has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish raising money for a dramatic teen girl feature film, “The Sisterhood of Night.”

The team has just a few weeks to reach their goal for the film’s $100,000 budget. I’m pitching in to this very worthy project today, and hope you will to.

Just follow this link:

Here’s more about the project:

When I met Caryn Waechter and Marilyn Fu, and read the first screenplay for “Sisterhood,” I fell in love with their irrepressible energy and their quest to find beauty, fun, and meaning in the dark edges of life.  We worked together on the short story written by Pulitzer-prize winning author, Steven Millhauser, further adapting it from an 80’s setting to our contemporary digital world.

This project has really possessed me as a mom of two digital natives.  I constantly wonder what will be our retrospective of our kids experience having grown up living on Facebook in a crowd, and launching the text generation?   And the wild west of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to hide a bully’s identity, all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation.

Our film encourages teen girls and parents to embrace what makes each of us unique and different, and to use the digital realm to share, inspire and create.

Please check out our Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is a site for people who like to “fund and follow creativity.” The way it works is that if the project doesn’t reach its goal we won’t get any of what’s pledged…please click on the link  to read more and watch our 2 minute video — and please contribute if you can, whatever you can, (you get rewards for doing it!) and feel free to share wildly.

It takes less then a minute to donate, use your amazon account, and every dollar is a vote for the creative spirit! With our Kickstarter campaign, we are seeking to build a network to support the multiple platforms for the storytelling of “The Sisterhood of Night,” to raise money to start filming, and explore our ideas for ways of using the internet to build positivity.

Tap into your inner free spirit! Join us and and be a part of our adventure!

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