Have you heard of crowdsourcing? Chances are, if you’re from Detroit you may have an idea as to what it’s all about. We had a little thing called the Robocop statue – it was a project started on Kickstarter, one of the largest crowdsource funding platforms on the web, that raised enough money for a large Robocop statue to be built in Detroit!
Crowdsourcing allows people to contribute an amount of money toward a cause or project that they believe in. The idea is that instead of looking for one large investor to fund a project, allow many small investors to contribute toward a common goal. It’s a pretty cool concept that’s been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple years. Crowdsourcing has allowed musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and community activists to easily get over the challenge of funding and allow them to dedicate their time, energy and focus on the project they are working on.
Recently, I contributed to a Kickstarter project called Detroit Swings – Replacing Swings in Detroit Playgrounds. Pretty self explanatory, right? I was happy to see that the project completely exceeded their initial goal of replacing 10 swings. Over $3,000 was raised, which allowed Tom Nardone and his Detroit Mower Gang to replace 40 broken swings in Detroit playgrounds.
I received an update that Tom sent to all backers of this project and I had to share it with you. It’s amazing to see the impact that crowdsourcing, volunteering and a little elbow grease can have on a community. Thank you Tom, Detroit Mower Gang, Kickstarter and everyone else involved with this project!
Crowdsourcing in Detroit