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5 Things That Are Socially More Important to Crowdfund than a Man Making Potato Salad

James Calder | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
James Calder

I have nothing against Zack Brown and his Kickstarter campaign, because I am a capitalist and believe in the freedom to make money using technology. But I can't help but think how much of a waste it is throwing money at something like this, compared to donating to charities.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Med Student Crowdfunds His Tuition, Aims To Help World's Neediest People

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

Forget the big paycheck and impressive social status -- Tim Cheves wants to become a doctor to help others because he knows firsthand how powerless so...

Cinematic Ukraine: Getting Ready for the 5th Odessa International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

There is no better time for a film festival in Ukraine, even if it would appear to be during such a volatile moment in the country's history.

Kiva vs. Zidisha: Three Common Myths

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.03.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Some time ago the President of Kiva, Premal Shah, posted a thoughtful response to my article Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip. (His comment was originally posted...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Reading Rainbow's All-Star Kickstarter Sprint to $5 Million

Turnstyle | Posted 06.30.2014 | Media
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) What do Seth MacFarlane, Ouya, Veronica Mars, a smart watch, and Neil Young have in common? Butterfly in the sk...

A Sushi Burrito: The Real Estate, Natural Resources, Family Office and Crowd Investing Conference

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Mix real estate, natural resources, family office, and crowd investing into one conference? This sounds akin to a restaurant with too many chefs, like...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sharing: 10 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Maintaining social media platforms for your film is not entirely different from running your own personal account. The key difference is in your goal-setting.

Plum Alley: Connecting Women With Money

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 06.24.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Deborah Jackson spent 20 years on Wall Street, raising money for clients. Now, she's helping female entrepreneurs raise startup capital via Plum All...

Venture Capital For The Masses?

Jim Gibson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Jim Gibson

No question about it; you would have to have been asleep over the last year or so to have missed out on what some are referring to as the greatest boon in the investment world, perhaps ever.

Using a Business Approach to Plant Trees and Create Jobs for Haitian Farmers

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

Haiti is affected by the worst deforestation any country has experienced, which is currently at 98.5 percent. As it is, people in Haiti are affected by severe poverty, which forces them to cut down trees for fuel for cooking.

Don Cheadle is Miles Ahead

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

Now, Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis.

The Triumph of the (Internet) Commons

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.20.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

As electronic communities shrink distance, a generation of (mostly) young people has begun to look upon the Internet (and even the entire global ecosystem) as something tightly interconnected and mutually supportive.

The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.17.2014 | Small Business
Joe Boyd

After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next year. So we went for it. Here's why I think it has worked.

Seed Money for Your Startup Using Crowdfunding

Lee Schneider | Posted 06.19.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

What do successfully crowdfunded startups have in common? They use crowdfunding to discover their market, fine tuning their message to an audience of passionate fans.

Berlin Plans 'House Of One,' A Place Where Jews, Muslims, And Christians Will Pray Under The Same Roof

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion

A rabbi, an imam, and a pastor are planning to pull off an interfaith miracle in the heart of Berlin, Germany by creating a sacred space for three rel...

Reverse Crowdfund-gineering: Five Ways to Integrate Events into your Crowdfunding Campaign

KC Harry | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
KC Harry

Review some of the events that successful campaigns organized or participated in, and model their success. This is another way you can make reverse crowdfund-gineering work for you.

Lend These Guys $17,000 And Get Free Burritos For 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business

Are you a wealthy Londoner with an appetite for risky investments and also delicious burritos? Then have we got a deal for you. Chilango, a small M...

Be a Social Media Star: 10 Tips for Crowdfunding Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Social media is not rocket science, but it takes time to build a broad, dynamic, engaged community. Attracting the right audience takes patience, tenacity and a whole lot of authenticity.

Is Crowdfunding for Social Change More Than Hype?

Nell Edgington | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I'd like us to dig a bit deeper to understand what the real effects of crowdfunding are so far and what it's true promise is.

This Is How Arsenio Could've Gone Viral

Naz Riahi | Posted 06.02.2014 | Media
Naz Riahi

Why hasn't the campaign raised more money? And why hasn't the stunt gone viral (in the last 8 days that the video has been on Youtube it's had a mere 4,000 views)?

How Can Your Nonprofit Leverage 24-Hour Giving Campaigns to Raise Big Bucks in One Day

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Online offers endless giving opportunities for nonprofits, but leaves everyone in search of ways to "go viral." There isn't a set formula to do this, unfortunately -- but there is something that comes close: 24-hour giving campaigns

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.

Help Us Change How Colleges Act On Sexual Assault

Katherine Long | Posted 05.19.2014 | College
Katherine Long

The issue of sexual assault on college campuses -- primarily, but not exclusively, affecting women -- is a national problem, as indicated by President Obama's creation of a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The problem stretches far beyond college campuses.