Who has an extended network of more than 10,000 people who have at least some disposable income to give to a crowdfunding campaign? Not the technical school student who comes from the projects; in her network, a gift of 50 dollars could mean no groceries for a week.
Loving our neighbors, whether next door or at our door step, doesn't require a change in profession, just a willingness to speak, to listen and to give. May Brendan's story challenge us this week to step out of comfort zone.
Indiegogo is one of several crowdfunding services that have sprung up in recent years, the idea being that you use social media to get a bunch of strangers to help finance your project. People contribute because your campaign touches them in some way.
I hopped in a zipcar and drove from NYC out to Shoreham, Long Island several months ago and trespassed around the site of inventor Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower and laboratory to see how it looks. As of April 2012, it's looking pretty bad.
For my first project for my book series, I ended up raising over $35,000 on my own, without either Kickstarter or IndieGogo. For my second campaign called Jim For Life, I purposely choose to go with IndieGogo over Kickstarter. Here's why.
Crowdfunding has exploded: With the help of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the usual friends-and-family panhandling has become a mainstream fundraising strategy. And perhaps no one has taken crowdfunding more seriously than content creators.