Still in the prototype phase, the community-minded crowdfunding platform encourages citizens to articulate and advance sustainable ideas. Influenced by Kickstarter the site will encourage members of the community to take civic projects into their own hands. Ideas for projects that benefit the community can be uploaded to the platform as well as the amount of money needed to see it through to completion. It will also update progress once a proposal has been turned into a project.
With the slogan ‘Yes, in my backyard!’, the site aims to foster discussion and participation in community improvements, providing a platform for residents to suggest what they would like to change in their area.
A realtime dashboard will mirror these discussions and desires, identify topics that are generating a large response amongst residents and compares them with current strategies put in place by authorities.
In similar news, according to PSFK the New York City Council will commence curating Kickstarter projects to encourage socially conscious citizens to contribute money to help make the city a better place. It will include a variety of projects including restaurants, urban farms and art installations.
City officials are touting the partnership as a cutting-edge method of promoting business, and a way of improving access to start up capital to small potential business owners. “From East New York to the South Bronx, we’re going to kickstart New York’s low-income communities through our partnership with Kickstarter,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn in a release. “New Yorkers are still struggling, and we need to do everything we can to give people a leg up. (vis PSFK)
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