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,…

The Spirit of Crowdfunding

Ancient people holding hands—that's what we saw on the rock art at the Valley of Fire near Las Vegas last week. Kim and I were in Vegas to attend the Global Crowdfunding Convention and took a few hours to explore the area. We didn't expect…

Ana's on Main Street

Today we have another successful campaign story to share with you! Ana's On Main St. was in need of equipment to keep up with the demand for juices at her shop in Evanston, Wyoming. With the help of The Local Crowd and Evanston Wyoming's…
Serendipity Books

Serendipity Books & Antiques

In 2015, Serendipity Books & Antiques and Evanston, WY Main Street worked with The Local Crowd to raise $6,000 to replace damaged flooring in the kitchen and service area of their store. With the help of 56 generous, local supports…