Speaking of creative ideas for Reconomy (the new Transition buzz word for revisioning, and reinventing our ecomony), Huffingtonpost recently partnered with Crowdrise to challenge job-creating non-profits to compete in raising funds. These funds will be used to support bringing tools, resources, and coaching to people needing jobs.
At the end of the challenge the non-profits had raised a total of $1.5 million. The media attention from the reporting also enhanced visibility for the non-profits and raised public awareness. See what they did at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/huffpost-jobraising-initi_...
While you’re still on Huffpost, check out their new page called “Opportunity: What’s Working at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/opportunity-working/
Fancy that someone actually had the novel idea of spotlighting “what’s working” instead of “what’s not working”, which we most often read about.
This leads me to point out that the new Fort Collins Reconomy Project also has the intention to learn about and grow new economic ideas and ventures in order to discover “what works”. We want to be proactive by facing down the “doom and gloom” coming from the television and the internet on the consequences of the infamous “Sequester”. It’s time to get busy on how we’re going to respond to whatever comes our way, don’t you think?
Besides, who needs Washington pundits and politicians, when we have each other? We have the smarts to discuss and enact strategies for local cooperative economy -- time exchange, sharing, and co-oping -- leveraging the household economy, creating meaningful work, and starting a business.
Visit the Reconomy Project forum for discussion on line and join the Fort Collins Reconomy Project group if you want to learn more.