Community Sourced Funding & Inspiration

Collective funding, crowd funding, community funding,… whatever you want to call it it’s great, and these micro-financing sites are allowing people to find support for the smallest of projects related to their businesses and dreams.

The idea is simple: communicate your idea and set it free allowing it travel through the cloud collecting support along its way. Creative projects deserve creative funding, and what better way then to tap into the creative community at large for support. Not only do supporters get to see projects come alive they become a part of the project, without their support it would never happen. Supporting and seeing all these great projects takeoff can be just the bit of inspiration you might need to get your project off the ground too.

Having experienced working on a project (Designing Obama) from ‘KickStart‘ to finish I can say that while the ultimate goal of course is to raise the money you need, connecting with people who are as excited about something as you are, and seeing a community form around a single project is the ultimate aspect of the support that can be found on these sites. In my mind, raising one million dollars from one person is one thing but having one million different people give one dollar each is quite another.

Creative Funding Sites

KickStarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.

We believe that…

A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

Kiva‘s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

Ulule helps you make good things happen by organizing online fundraising campaigns.

Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore the option to send donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…

Indie GoGo allows project or idea (creative, cause, or entrepreneurial) can raise money, offer perks, and keep 100% ownership.

These are only a few of the sites currently in operation, and certainly there will be more to come. Which collective funding sites do you know of? Share them with everyone in the comments or posts links to any colorful projects that you might be supporting or trying to fund yourself.

A Colorful Project on Kickstarter

50 Different Minds is made from hand woven fiber optics. There has never been anything like it. It fuses traditional arts, digital electronics, interactivity, and data scraping with contemporary art. It is a new media canvas, woven from information, using fiber optic thread to carry information and data from the internet in the form of light.

Watch the project video.

Pattern Challenge

There is probably already one at least, but does anyone want to make an inspired pattern of the Fiber Optic Tapestry? Post it in the comments if you do.

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.