This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
Creative Commons (“CC”) is a nonprofit dedicated to Open. CC licenses are free copyright licenses creators apply to their own works, enabling the public to reuse the work under certain conditions. Sometimes CC licensing is core to a business strategy, and sometimes it is simply a way to increase the number of eyeballs on a work. In all cases, CC brings an element of social good to the table. They want to show the world the full spectrum of open business models made using Creative Commons. Their goal is to begin to answer what they consider one of the most important questions of the digital age: how do creators make money to sustain what they do when they are letting the world reuse their work?
They are starting this work by trying out their own open business model here on Kickstarter. They want you to both support them, and help steer this project. With your help, they are going to identify and select a diverse group of two dozen businesses, creators, and organizations from around the world succeeding with business models made with Creative Commons. Then they’re going to dig deep into how they work to show how using Creative Commons can produce economic and social value. They want to spread this knowledge far and wide to inspire others to use what works for them. At the end of the process, they’ll publish an ebook that puts together everything they learn and create an interactive online tool to help others build their own CC-made business models.
The book will be the culmination of a year-long learning/writing/listening/creating process. They’ll be working entirely in the open, using Medium as their virtual sandbox. The point of all this is to work collaboratively with you. They definitely need your financial support, but they also want to borrow your brains. They don’t want to create this book alone. They need insights, contributions, and ideas from you – their community. Put another way, this Kickstarter is itself a business model made with CC (how meta!). By using crowdfunding to engage a community, sharing by default as they go, and collaboratively building the final product, they’ll be doing our own experiment with an open business model.
As of July 30th, this project has raised around $31,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 14 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital copy of the book. For a pledge of $25, you will get the digital copy of the book, plus you’ll get 5 votes for the businesses, creators, or orgs you want see profiled in this project. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creativecommons/made-with-creative-commons-a-book