Crowdfunding: The Creative Activist

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The first time I heard about crowdfunding and crowdsourcing was at Steve Olshers’ Internet Prophet Speakers conference from Jake Nickell, founder and CEO of Threadless.  I was so intrigued that I contacted both Steve and Jake and interviewed them. Little did I know several years later I would be using crowdfunding to raise resources for The Creative Activist: Make the World Better, One Person, One Action at a Time and my initiative to build a community of creative activists. It’s a beautiful concept: have readers/friends fund your book directly in exchange for access to the process as well as exclusive gifts and goodies available at various pledge levels.

My publisher, Amy Quale of Wise Ink Creative Publishing suggested I speak with Pubslush. Run by mother-daughter team Hellen and Amanda L Barbara, this company is focused on providing crowdfunding services tailored to the needs of authors, agents, self-publishers and small presses, which aren’t necessarily the same as those of technologists, filmmakers and musicians.

 

There are two main differences between Pubslush and other crowdfunding sites, the first of which is that Pubslush offers its project owners “personalized, one-on-one advice, targeted for books,” said Amanda L. Barbara. For a fee you can hire a coordinator who will help you with levels of gifts to marketing ideas.  The second difference is that once a crowdfunding campaign is successful, the ‘fund’ button morphs into a ‘buy’ button so that anyone late to the project can easily find out where the book is for sale, hooking into Amazon, Itasca or Barnes & Noble.

 

I think what clinched it for me was their commitment to global literacy. Their cause is “for every book sold a book will be donated to a child in need.” I believe in giving back and collaborating with community partners.  Ten percent of the proceeds from bit.ly/CreativeActivistsPubslush campaign and all book sales are going to http://www.nwcasa.org/. The Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault. They provide counseling services for survivors and their families and outreach into the community.

 

The Creative Activist: Make the World Better, One Person, One Action at a Time is an inspirational toolbox to help clarify your passion and purpose and to develop effective strategies to be the change maker you wish to be. It contains thirty-six stories form change makers who are dedicated to using their imagination and creative expression to make a positive difference for individuals, communities and the world.

 

I have a big dream to have creative activist’s communities/clubs in the workplace, on college campuses, and around the globe. Too often I watch the news that is so horrible and devastating and I feel helpless like everyone else, I often wonder, Why should I try? What can one person do to make a difference, anyway? I am here to tell you one person does make a difference. You have more influence and impact than your think. You have a sphere of influence—your kids watch you, you have friends and coworkers, etc. We are all more creative than we think. Creativity is not just for artists and designers—creativity is the way you think and the way your unique mind works. It’s different for all of us. Ideas are the most important currency in solving world problems today. Everything you say and do matters. We need new voices and visions to open door and create changes.

 

The Creative Activist Community on Facebook  bit.ly/CreativeActivists and the Creative Activist Retreat: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World being held at Catalyst Ranch in Chicago, September 25th, 2015 are places that encourage inventiveness, originality, and creativity to teach, bridge gaps, foster understanding, build self-esteem, and solve problems.  It is where you can find a tribe of like minded people who can be your partners in believing. The spirit of The Creative Activist is found in kindness, compassion, and every act of paying it forward.

 

Imagine what the world would look like if we all made a commitment to improve the quality of life for all. We each have a dream, an inherent drive to make our mark on the world and leave a lasting legacy.

Supporting bit.ly/CreativeActivistsPubslush   is your opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. Be a role model, mentor or volunteer. Thank you for your generous donations.                                                                                                                                        TCA-3D-mockup

What is the Creative Activist?

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What is the creative activist?

The creative activist opens doors, raises public awareness as  a call to action for social change. They use creativity as a tool to teach, bridge gaps, to foster understanding and social justice.They think like a global citizen. They appreciate different cultures and stories.They are curious and delight in  being a life long learner. They believe it is our problem not your problem.They look for the common humanity rather than what separates us.   They support the development of capacities, skills and talents  that activate both individuals and groups. They encourage inventiveness, originality and creativity to raise self esteem and solve community problems.

Lisa Albrecht, an activist educator and writer, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work of the University of Minnesota, where she founded an undergraduate program in Social Justice. Previously, she taught writing in the General College of the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Award and Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award.  Lisa sees the need to pursue peace and justice with “beloved community,” a term used by Martin Luther King, Jr. that encompasses not only one’s blood family, but also a circle of loved ones who care for one another and hold one another accountable. She believes that change builds from the bottom up, and she is encouraged by the way today’s social activists are engaging the community through social media and other tools that were not available to us a generation ago.

When we talked she told me about creative activist, John Noltner, a freelance photographer based in Minnesota who uses his art to explore the basic goodness that reside in each of us. He helps communities understand the ways we judge, categorize and separate through religion, political differences and cultures.Founded in 2009, A Peace of Mind, a multi- media project includes 50 compelling stories of what peace means, how  people work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they have encountered along the way. We have an opportunity to share our common humanity through these engaging stories from  the homeless man, the holocaust survivor, the Somalia refugee, artists, volunteers , business leaders and Lisa herself.http://vimeo.com/66858595 . AlbrechtL-2010

A Peace of My Mind expanded into the public forum with the production of a traveling exhibit,.peace of mind exhibit Since its 2010 premier, more than 80,000 people have viewed the exhibit at private galleries, community centers, places of worship, libraries, and universities. In 2011, A Peace of My Mind won support from 92 backers to produce a book from the series with a foreword written by Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, Ela Gandhi. The book, now in its second printing, earned first place in the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards and a silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association  A Peace of My Mind was presented at the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association National Conference and the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. www.noltner.com

I would love for you to share creative activists you  think we should know about.

 

 

 

 

Creativity For Social Change

 

Creativity For Social Change                                                                                                                                                                    be the change

 

 I came across this powerful video today, that is the epitome of using creativity for social change. Some brave individuals risked their lives to document human rights atrocities around the world. Because of them things have changed in their countries, some of the worst offenders have been prosecuted..stories have been told that we needed to hear and see. Everyone has the ability to make a difference. Instead of complaining and whining why doesn’t someone do something about a problem… become part of the solution.  Create a legacy that you will proud of. Please take the time to watch this short video and pass it on. You are more powerful then you think.

 

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I would love to hear about other projects that use creativity for social change.