[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFY-UvNbm3s&w=440&h=280] By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about Kickstarter, “the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world!”  The website connects people, who are interested in funding creative progress, to projects seeking to achieve this goal.  Donors’ money is only obligated to projects that receive full funding pledges.  Two interesting projects that have been brought to my attention are City Fabric – a design project that gives people unique ways to talk about their place – and Flipphandle – an invention to enable the storage of many bicycles in a small space. I visited the site today to check out what other projects might be of interest to the Living Labs Global community.  I found a few that I think you should check out (some of which are already fully-funded).

  • JeepNeed – re-purposing “jeepneys” as mobile classrooms equipped with netbooks, internet access, and other materials and resources and work towards teacher ownership of the vehicle
  • A Map to Change – a writing and publishing project that plans to map infrastructure that enforces wasteful culture in the US as well as a proposed solution map – better, more efficient and less wasteful infrastructure.  These art pieces will then be used as a tool for change.
  • Spirit of Hope Bike Parking – a local church in Detroit did not have any bicycle parking and used Kickstarter to raise funds to hire a local metal artist to build them
  • TRANSIT/STASIS: Negotiating Movement in the City – an art publication and exhibition exploring the intersection of art and urban transit; technology and systems of movement.  Check out the results here!
  • Trains-forming America – a documentary project comparing and contrasting the use of trains as transportation in Europe and America. Looks like they completed European filming in May of this year.  Looking forward to the results!

Happy browsing.

- Terra Curtis

 

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