Everyday South Africans and their bicycles: Bicycle Portriats Part II on Kickstarter
Kickstarter.com is a site that has become a crowd sourcing Mecca for the creative. People can post creative projects and have peers pledge towards their endeavor for some sort of reward that is dictated by the amount of money pledged. This is something that I have been working on conceptualizing for myself for ways to creatively fund my trip to Ghana in January. I have been checking out a number of the projects on the site now looking for ideas about what works and what does not. So far my plan is to do a photo book focused on pictures of people and projects within community based tourism projects in Ghana, which now total about 30 official sites and villages. I still have some work to do on my proposal but in the mean time I wanted to highlight one of the other projects on the site now that is very cool. These South African travelers are doing a 3 phase project documenting South Africans and their use of bikes. The second phase is now up for funding on kickstarter.com you can see it here. I was particularly interested in the project, one because it is in the geographical area that I am interested in, two it is a project similar to what I was planning on doing, and three they were amazingly successful on their first phase of financing which totaled over $16,000. This has really given me hope and motivation that this could be a great way to lower some of my costs while creating tangible products which can be used for rewards and also sales. Please take a look at this project and others on kickstarter.com. I will keep you posted about when my project goes live.