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Crowdsourcing rubbish ideas
NASA and Nike have joined forces for the LAUNCH project, a follow-up on their Energy Solutions project, which seeks to find 10 game-changing innovative waste management ideas that can change the way we dispose of rubbish. The proposal is crowdsourced and seeks to benefit the community at large, as well as further space research.
Why it matters
As brands increasingly co-sponsor causes in an effort to attract culturally-aware consumers to the brand, it isn’t always enough anymore to simply donate. Beyond crowdsourcing, what are other avenues brands can use to enlist meaningful partners to participate in the cause? How can brands begin to truly own their causes vs. temporarily co-opting them, in the minds of consumers?
17. May 2012
Social Media isn’t just changing the game in the for-profit world; it’s also the future of fundraising for non-profits. The scaleability of social networks makes them the perfect place for building broad-based support. Virtual volunteering is just as attractive to supporters, because, well, it’s easy. Without even leaving your laptop or smartphone, you can spread a message, vote for a cause, sign a petition, or make a donation. Disaster relief in Haiti is one of the most recent examples. Donating is as easy as texting the word “haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Twitter users spread the word, making it the most tweeted message in the days following the earthquake.
Cascais Green Map is a website (funded by the local municipality) where local citizens can register their green habits and behaviour (such as using energy saving lamps, selecting garbage, buying local products, etc), in an effort to promote sustainability and good citizenship.