Demolishing the Gender Gap—One Crowdfund at a Time

What if we could put an end to the gender gap women entrepreneurs face when raising capital? The answer to this question is hard to imagine because we have lived in a world filled with bias for so long. According to a 2014 report issued by…

Can you do me a favor?

Did you know that asking for and returning favors is good for your community? Indeed, research shows that favor exchange is one of the surest ways to build social capital. People enjoy helping each other, and when helping and reciprocating become…

Turnip Roots and Marketing Magic

Before I made this huge turnip into a yummy soup, I admired it—noticing the size of the bulb relative to that of the roots. Call me weird, but it made me think about crowdfunding marketing strategies and the synergy created by linking to different…

What is the power of Love?

Humans have been talking and writing about love for a very long time. In fact, for some, love ranks right up there with gravity as a force that holds the universe together. With all that power and acclaim, I wonder why we don't talk about…

Is your team on fire?

Building a crowdfunding team is like building a fire. Lighting it starts with a big whoosh of energy and a fast burning flame. Then you watch it, worry it, and nurture it to make sure it doesn't go out. Maybe you need to add more kindling,…

A New Twist on Crowdfunding!

I attended the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE) Leadership Summit last month and was inspired by people who are doing important work for communities, economies, each other and the environment. During the event's…

Lighting the crowdfunding fire!

I like candles—not only for their soft light and cozy ambience—but also for the way they illustrate the concept of sharing ideas. When one candle is lit -- you can light another and another and another until a whole room of candles is…

Asking is not begging—it's connecting

Musician, artist and author Amanda Palmer wrote the book on asking, and she credits much of her knowhow to the experiences she had as a "living statue" and as a successful crowdfunder. Asking is a core skill required for crowdfunding,…

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

"Thank you so much, you are very kind!" Those simple words boosted my spirits and made me glad that I took the time to drop a dollar into the Bourbon Street trumpeter's bucket. The lift he gave me reminded me of just how transformative gratitude…

Kale, Kohlrabi, Carrots and the Future of Crowdfunding

One of the best things about rural living is our close proximity to the source of local foods and the adventure of being part of a Community Supported Agriculture program. Kim and I have been part of the Grant Farms CSA for several years now,…