Tuesday, June 30, 2009

$96,382,829 raised by Actblue.com

ActBlue is the nation's largest source of funds for Democrats. Launched in 2004, ActBlue created and deployed the next generation of online fundraising tools, enabling individuals and groups to raise money for the Democratic candidates and committees of their choice at www.actblue.com. In four years, ActBlue has sent more than $96 million to some 3200 candidates and committees from more than 420,000 donors, with a median contribution of only fifty dollars, doing as much to ensure a sustainable Democratic future as any other player in the field. To Learn More Click Here


Fundable.com lets groups of people pool funds to make purchases or raise money. Similar to online auctions, Fundable's pages are created by people who use this site. Each project has a description of how much money needs to be collected and what it will do. Once enough pledges (not payments) have been collected, Fundable turns them into real payments and sends the total to the project's organizer.No one takes a risk when making a pledge: if a collection expires before reaching its total in pledges, Fundable deletes all pledges and never charges money. This lets you participate in a group purchase or fundraiser without worrying about what other people will do. No one pays until and unless everyone else makes a pledge. In 2005, John Pratt co-founded Fundable Group, Inc, which runs Fundable.com To Learn More Click Here


CreateaFund Co-Founders Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester have been ‘making internet’ together since 2005. After helping out a handful of other companies, the duo set out to bring effective web tools to the folks who could do the most good using them – non-profit organizations. In the Summer of 2008 Brad & Andy formed California Product Shop, Inc and got busy working on their flagship product, CreateaFund.com. The pair worked closely with some local organizations to custom tailor CreateaFund to help non-profits of kinds raise money online.
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Cameesa is crowdfunding fashion. With you, we are creating a new clothing culture...
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Is Obama Crowdsourcing Accountability, Politics, Or Both?

The media has yet to pick up on this but it’s effect will likely be profound: In a Google Group, Chauncyt posted a message (via Raw Thought) about implementation instructions for the stimulus bill [PDF] that require government agencies to report the money they disburse via RSS To Learn More Click Here


MicroPledge, customized. Tailor-made systems for team funding. MicroPledge is offering tailor-made versions of our system that companies can use for their own products or features. Read more about this, or have a look at our PDF brochure. We can also send a glossy, printed version of this brochure to you or your manager on request. Contact us if you have any queries. To Learn More Click Here


We've become fascinated with the concept of crowd funding. The idea that people can come together in a community based format and create a company sounded like an exciting concept. We also enjoy beer, so the choice was clear...we've decided to create an online community for beer lovers to share their ideas and at the same time create a brewing company.How do we start on this journey you may ask? Well, the first step is to raise enough capital to start a brewing company.To Learn More Click Here


While crowdsourcing is mainly focused on the knowledge and preferences of consumers(as input for innovation for example), crowdfunding is about the financing of projects and people by (large) crowds. Prime examples of crowdfunding...To Learn More Click Here

Is Spec Work Evil?

The 'no-spec' movement has long held sway in the design community but the web has created a new model for design that allows a freer exchange of ideas and inspiration and more ways to enter the design profession than ever before. What does social creativity look like? Click To View


Own the club, pick the team. Welcome to MyFootballClub. You are invited to join members from over 80 countries who own Ebbsfleet United and vote on all key decisions from team selection to financial budgets. Membership costs £35 annually. View a BBC report here. More on MyfootballClub and Ebbsfleet United...Situated in Kent, England, Ebbsfleet United play in the Blue Square Premier, which is four divisions below the Premiership. In February 2008, the members purchased the football club for £600,000. Just three months later, Ebbsfleet United won the FA Trophy at Wembley – the club’s greatest achievement in a history that dates back to 1890.To Learn More Click Here


Jan Goodey on how to fund your film with friends. It has eco-credentials to satisfy even the sternest critics, but that's not all: the climate change docudrama The Age of Stupid has pioneered in the UK a funding and distribution technique that complements its subject matter all the way. The Age of Stupid is written and directed by activist filmmaker Franny Armstrong (who made the documentary McLibel), and has used a method called "crowd-funding" - a mixture of social events, mass email pleas and website donations. Like much in the world of eco-activism, crowd funding first emerged in the US, with radical film-maker Robert Greenwald famously raising $250,000 in 10 days for his 2006 film Iraq for Sale. "When we first showed our plans to our lawyer," says Armstrong, "he told us: 'It's the most original film funding scheme I've seen in 25 years working in the industry.'" To Learn More Click Here

David's First Movie Using Crowdfunding

Filmmaker David Brundige got sick of chasing millionaires around begging for money, so he decided to crowd-source the funding of his first feature. I asked him to write up a little about his plans...To Learn More Click Here Davidsfirstmovie.com


After months of hearing about economic difficulties, a few of us were wondering how Google could help. We realized there were a lot of tips that could help people save money scattered across the web. Why not use Google Moderator to collect and rank them all according to community feedback? And so Tip Jar was born: a list of money-saving tips for users to vote on, and even add to. We hope you like it, and find the tips useful.To Learn More Click Here Tipjar


ReelChanges.org is owned and operated by the Center for Media Change, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation based in Palo Alto, California. The mission of the Center for Media Change, Inc. is to enrich our culture by facilitating the creation and distribution of more high-quality documentaries. Contributions to the Center for Media Change, Inc. and to individual documentary projects posted and displayed on the site are tax deductible as allowed under U.S. federal law.
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Crowdsourcing is the new new thing. And while I’m not expecting you, my readers, to give me anything, by six degrees of separation I think some of you might know someone who might know someone who knows a Russian hedge fund millionaire, metals/oil oligarch or football club owner of a similar age who would have been a Kino fan in his youth, who owes his non-linear wealth in no small part to the freedoms that Tsoy and friends struggled for. Or, better still, some young Russian who owns a search engine, assuming using such a term won’t lose me friends or credibility ;-) . If we can just prevail on their guilt for long enough to get their wallet out, they might toss a small sop into my PayPal begging hat that, for a little while, I’m going to embed in the posts and in the sidebar of the blog. It’s an experiment, you know.
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Artemis Eternal is a professional sci-fi fantasy short intended for film festivals and traveling screenings. The film is the premier crowd-funded, professionally-led, studio-quality film with absolutely no studio intervention, and the way production is approached tackles issues of media consolidation, independence and a lack of diversity in cinema as well as eliminating the middle-man and connecting artist to audience in a direct, meaningful way. The project has tremendous vender and community support and is funded independently by you via the award-winning web experience,To Learn More Click Here


Sellaband provides an alternative to the traditional music industry. It is a platform that empowers artists to record their next album, funded by their fans. The fundamental difference is that instead of taking a financial stake in the album of an artist we enable the artist to raise a recording budget with the help of music fans. This will give the artist maximum flexibility and control over their music.
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I can see the future

Innovation Economics Next - Presentation Transcript ... Debt Assets Net income Liabilities Bankruptcies Credit “pulls” Financial ... What is Next? Ingenesist is an open source research effort seeking to start a ... 1437 on SlideShare; 115 from embeds To Learn More Click Here

LA Times Tries to Crowdsource Solution to the CA Budget Crisis

So this is kind of interesting. The Los Angeles Times has created a tool where average folks like you and me can take a shot at doing what the California legislature has so far failed to accomplish: balancing the budget.
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Spot.Us is a nonprofit project of the Center for Media Change and funded by various groups like like the Knight Foundation.

We are an open source project, to pioneer “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.
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Crowd Funded Newspapers

A Different Way to Pay for the News You Want

You think your local water supply is polluted. But you’re getting the runaround from local officials, and you can’t get your local newspaper to look into your concerns.

A group of journalists say they have an answer. You hire them to investigate and write about what they find.

The idea, which they are calling “community-funded journalism,” is now being tested in the San Francisco Bay area, where a new nonprofit, Spot Us, is using its Web site, spot.us, to solicit ideas for investigative articles and the money to pay for the reporting. But the experiment has also raised concerns of journalism being bought by the highest bidder.

The idea is that anyone can propose a story, though the editors at Spot Us ultimately choose which stories to pursue. Then the burden is put on the citizenry, which is asked to contribute money to pay upfront all of the estimated reporting costs. If the money doesn’t materialize, the idea goes unreported. To Learn More Click Here

Crowd Sourcing For Stocks

These days, it seems like everything is being crowdsourced. Threadless uses crowdsourcing to make T-shirts, Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk uses crowdsourcing to offer a virtual marketplace for intellectual capital, and the Democratic National Committee’s Flipper TV uses crowdsourcing to expose Republican flip-flops, contradictions, and “out-of-touch” policies. By letting the wisdom of the crowd guide decisions, organizations are finding innovative ways for both themselves and individuals to lower costs, achieve higher-quality results, and come up with groundbreaking ideas.

So what’s the idea behind crowdsourcing? As described by James Surowiecki in his phenomenal book, The Wisdom of Crowds, large groups of people almost always predict data better than any individual. A good example is the common game where players try to guess how many jelly beans are in a bottle. Almost always, the average of the guesses is as close as or closer than any individual guess. Extending this principle to the stock market, we can assume that crowds can guess stocks better than any individual can. So how can we, as individuals, leverage the intelligence of the masses to help us in picking the best stocks (”social investing”)? Fortunately, Motley Fool has done the work for us: they engineered a free, stock-pick-crowdsourcing engine called Motley Fool CAPS. To Learn More Click Here

Motley Fool CAPS operates from a simple premise: Working together, we can improve our investing results. This revolutionary new service pools the resources of the
Motley Fool Community to help you identify the best stocks at the best times to buy them -- and which stocks to avoid, too! To Learn More Click Here

Crowd Source Capital (CSC)

Crowd Source Capital’s proposition IME or WE? While most internet companies push their island, border and territorial mentality (brand, name, closed world) the public and CSC see the internet as a sea jumping from island to island or at least I do. Only the Googles and now Bing see all competition and include it in their searchs. Our ideology is to list, include, discuss, and mention all involved in the crowd sourcing space relevant to Creative, Financial and Charitable. So we become the Social Business Network of Crowd Sourcing. After all It’s not What You Know It’s Who Do You Know? So if there is competition always include it and you remain the sea not an island. Contrarian thinking, but pretty obvious if you want to be the pipeline, gateway, or ocean to all these islands. I was recently asked while working at www.leapanywhere.com what I wanted to do. My answer is now to create a social business network which doesn’t exist to aggregate the planet to make, create and distribute whatever it is you really want to do. Whether it be to make a film, finance a film, publish a book, sell a product, network or to reinvent the charity giving paradigm or just to think more. A mentor once told me there are two types of people in the world I,ME’s and WE’s. Don’t “I,ME” it "We it" with Crowd Source Capital (CSC).

James & Jonathan de Rin
Nordic Partnership
June 2009


AudioBoo aims to become YouTube or Twitter of the spoken word UK sound-sharing website AudioBoo, also available on iPhone, attracts 1m page views in first three months. To Learn More Click Here


TheMoviesClub is a member driven movie distributor, with a ready-made fan base of thousands. Using microfinance to enable shareholders to buy a real movie for only £15. Below we explain each stage from being a member, to the rewards from owning your own movie. To Learn More Click Here


We Let You Loan to the Working Poor. Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need. To Learn More Click Here

Crowdfunding 1

AudioBoo plans to crowdsource its funding. Not content with signing another new cluster of deals, the developers behind iPhone podcasting app AudioBoo are planning to raise funding for the product by, appropriately, crowdsourcing bundles of equity.
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Crowdfunding 2

Crowdfunding Definition: Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing captures the community and brings them together to form a common goal of funding project/s. The power of the internet has enabled small businesses and entrepreneurs to source funding at a much more efficient and faster rate. Instead of sourcing funding from the conventional methods of Venture Capitalist, Banks or large financial institutions people are now presented with a collaborative cooperation of the crowd, that is Crowdfunding (less commonly known as crowdfinancing).
A little about the person behind crowdfunding.You will find me residing in Perth, Australia...To Learn More Click Here

Crowdfunding 3

Crowdfunding, inspired by crowdsourcing, describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money together, usually via the Internet, in order to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunding occurs for any variety of purposes, from disaster relief to citizen journalism to artists seeking support from fans, to political campaigns.To Learn More Click Here


"Technology Review has an article about a startup that wants to build a business out of crowd-sourcing the developing world. The company, called txteagle, seems to be interested mainly in using local knowledge to translate information into less common languages. The Finnish cell-phone company Nokia is a partner in the project, and CEO Nathan Eagle says that it provides a good example of a Western company that could benefit from txteagle workers. Eagle explains that Nokia is interested in 'software localization,' or translating its software for specific regions of a country. 'In Kenya, there are over 60 unique, fundamentally different languages,' he says. 'You're lucky to get a phone with a Swahili interface, but even that might be somebody's third language. Nokia would love to have phones for everyone's mother tongues, but it has no idea how to translate words like "address book" into all of these languages.'"To Learn More Click Here

Wikipedia.org - The Original Crowd Source

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone and that aims to provide free encyclopedic information to its readers. The pioneering concept and technology of Wiki comes from Ward Cunningham, the concept of a free online encyclopedia from Richard Stallman. It was formally launched on 15 January 2001. Initially it was created as a complement and 'feeder' to the expert-written English-language encyclopedia project 'Nupedia', in order to provide an additional source of draft articles and ideas. It quickly overtook Nupedia, growing to become a large global project, and originating a wide range of additional reference projects. Today Wikipedia includes several million freely usable articles and pages in hundreds of languages worldwide, and content from millions of contributors.
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Target’s Facebook Campaign: Crowdsourcing for Charity

by dean on May 13, 2009

Target, the low cost retailer, bills itself with the tag line “Expect More, Pay Less.” Target is taking this concept one step further in their bid to be the number one social media branded value retailer in the country. Target’s latest social media campaign utilizes Facebook to crowdsource, build their brand, create cause marketing exposure, engage with their audience, and mold their public perception one facebook fan at a time. Here is how they are doing it:

Target’s “Bullseye Gives” Campaign on FacebookTo Learn More Click Here

Crowd Source Video Explains What it's All About

A very quick, informative video about Crowdsourcing - what it is, examples, issues and tips Click To View

Crowd Source Video - The Current with Maureen Taylor. Maureen discusses "Crowdsourcing"

CBC Canada Radio interview - The Current with Maureen Taylor. Maureen discusses "Crowdsourcing" with guests, including Jeff Howe, Contributing Editor for Wired Magazine, Cambrianhouse CEO Michael Sikorsky, and Russell Kord, a professional stock photographer.
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Since 2003, ArtistShare has been allowing fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their recording projects in exchange for access to the creative process, LTD Edition recordings, VIP access to recording sessions and even credit listing on the CD. Unlike other companies we build the model around the artist while providing the best fan support in the industry. Preview a live ArtistShare fan-funded project here and see how the fans are making it happen.
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Crowdsourcing: Consumers as Creators

Crowdsourcing: Consumers as Creators
A new trend allows customers to help design the products they buy. Just don't expect to get paid a fortune for that brilliant idea
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Crowd Source Newspapers

The Guardian Embraces Crowdsourcing The News In Useful Ways
from the supply-the-data... dept

Some old school newspaper folks bristle at the whole concept of "participatory journalism" but that's generally because they don't understand it, and think it just means that reporters will be out of a job and a bunch of amateurs will pretend they're reporters. But that's not what real participatory journalism is about. The Guardian recently gave a really good example. Following the recent controversy over expense claims from UK elected officials, the paper put all the data online and let people dig through it to see what they could find -- and they found a lot of interesting stuff that a group of reporters, by themselves almost certainly never would have had the time or skill to dig out (some of it included statistical analysis of the data). But, then, of course the "professionals" were able to take those interesting nuggets and do additional reporting. This is a perfect example of why some folks have been pushing for years to get newspapers to open up their data sources for the community to make use of. Hopefully the Guardian's success with this project will inspire others -- but I fear most "old school" newspaper folks will continue to sneer at the suggestion.
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The Big Give facilitates the most unique fundraising initiative by matching £1million of donations to charity.

The Reed Foundation gave The Big Give the responsibility if overseeing the largest match donation programme that UK charities have ever experienced. All charities where welcome to take part in encouraging their supporters to optimise donations...
Alec Reed CBE, set up the Reed Foundation several years ago, with the intention of supporting good causes and charities with profits from the organisation Mr Reed set up in the late 1980's Reed Recruitment. It was identified that their where hundreds of philanthropic individuals who wished to support targeted initiatives, hence the birth of the unique website The Big Give.

As part of the overall activities of The Big Give, a new unique fundraising initiative was extended to the team, which was to engage with over 4000 charities signed up to The Big Give website and encourage all to take part in this unique match fundraising initiative.
As far as Charities Trust is aware the Reed Foundation £1million matched donation initiative is the first of its kind in the UK.

The Big Give, backed by the Reed Foundation, is pleased to announce that other similar initiatives will occur in the future.
Charities Trust has been invited by The Big Give to provide the facility of passing donations to any of the 4000 charities listed on The Big Give website, which is the most cost effective and securest way. Charities Trust provides the facility to enable organisations to pass donations to 1000's of charities on a regular basis, and it is our privilege to be part of of this fantastic philanthropic initiative.
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This is going To Be Big

Crowdsourced 2009 Predictions. A few days ago, I asked a bunch of thoughtful people I know to post 7 second video predictions for 2009. Not everyone kept to the 7 seconds (I didn't), but that was fine. The whole process was made a lot easier using two web services. To Learn More Click Here
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Slicethepie is a financing platform for the music industry that enables new and established Artists to raise money directly from Music Fans and Investors.To Learn More Click Here

Welcome To "Crowd Source Capital"...

What is Crowd Source Capital? CSC has been set up to crowd source the crowd source space. Please add below any relevant links for crowd sourcing opportunities. Creative or Financial or Charitable. Contact crowdsourcecapital@gmail.com or crowdsourcecapital@gmail.com
"You Got a problem, solve it with Crowd Source Capital Group"

Who, What & Why Crowd Source Capital?

Crowdsourcing" has, virtually overnight, generated huge buzz, enthusiasm, and fear. It's the application of the open-source idea to any field outside of software, taking a function performed by people in an organization, such as reporting done by journalists, research and product development by scientists, or design of a T-shirt, for example, and, in effect, "outsourcing" it through an open-air broadcast on the Internet. Crowdsourcing has already had a huge impact on big companies like Procter & Gamble, as well as start-ups like Threadless.com, which rapidly became the third largest T-shirt maker in the United States. The fuel sparking the crowdsourcing flame is the potent combination of more highly educated people working in fields other than those in which they were trained (think of the art historian peddling financial advice at Merrill Lynch) with the greatest mechanism for distributing knowledge and information the world has ever seen: the Internet.

The links you need to know Click on these to learn more Newmediaminute
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CrowdSourceAnimation CrowdfusionTV
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Elance | Hire experts to do your work: outsource to companies ...
Outsource to expert programmers, designers, coders, writers, developers, translators, marketers, researchers and admin contractors with tested skills.
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Crowd Source Blog - Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covers the media and entertainment industry, among other subjects. In June of 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. He has continued to cover the phenomenon in his blog, crowdsourcing.com, and published a book on the subject for Crown Books in September 2008. Before coming to Wired he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his fifteen years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alysia Abbott, their daughter Annabel Rose and son Phineas and a miniature black lab named Clementine...To Learn More Click Here
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Crowd Source Blog - An inside view on crowdsourcing

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Crowdsourcing Trailer

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Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, ... Learn more about Kickstarter, how it works, and what's in it for you. ...To Learn More Click Here
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MOFILM - Content Made For Mobile & Online
MOFILM works with the mobile industry and film makers to distribute independent film content to mobile operators and content service providers around the world. MOFILM, a pioneer of crowd sourcing for entertainment and mobile, and director Spike Lee, today announced the grand prize winner of the MOFILM user-generated content (UGC) competition at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival...To Learn More Click Here
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Global marketplace for creative services: logo design, business ...
Creatives worldwide contribute designs for your project: logo design, business card design, graphic design, website design, photography, illustration and ...To Learn More Click Here
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LeapAnywhere.com crowdsources its labour force using interns

leapanywhere.com means have a good time doing good
There are loads of people with good intentions and a desire to help others, but without the time or imagination to come up with interesting ways of doing good.
Crowd Sources video content and articles from interns for Charity and doing good space. The pitch: "Meet ups/events meets Facebook for doing good..."To Learn More Click Here
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The Official Online Marketplace for Creative Services - Unlimited ...
At BootB, Unlmited Creativity connects marketing ideas and solutions with creative design briefs as well as graphic design projects...To Learn More Click Here
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