So many people have great community and world-changing ideas and yet most of them fall to the wayside due to the usual suspects:
no idea where to start...
not enough money...
and so on.
Currently there is nothing out there that shows everyday people how to take their “do-good” ideas and make them happen.
There are plenty of platforms that will find you organizations you can volunteer for, but there’s no free, online education out there for people who want to be the leaders and tastemakers. And often these volunteer sites are surface level, in the sense that they don’t delve into the match-making process - i.e, asking for your passions and skills, and finding out where they can best be applied.
Can you imagine how much our communities, and world, would benefit if everyone with inspiring ideas actually turned them into something?
There's power in numbers and we're determined to raise them via ShareYourself.
ShareYourself will be an online platform and worldwide community that brings together people who are ready to make a difference, but aren't sure where to start.
We created ShareYourself (SYS) for two types of people:
1) People who want to start a Project or Organization.
2) People who want to provide their skills and talents to Projects and Organizations that they’re passionate about.
For the Project starters, we’re building the platform to empower, educate and support them in their endeavor by providing them with all of the tools, resources and people needed to get the job done. No guesswork, no scouring the web, no isolation. Everything is right there, and we’re with you along the way.
For the Supporters (i.e., Tribe members) we’re building the platform to get to know you, so that you can home in on your skills, talents and passions, and then help you find all the Projects and Organizations that are a good match for you.
Hi, I'm Stu. I’m a serial social entrepreneur. 30 years ago I came up with the idea of making socially conscious videos made by kids, for kids, and the NoodleHead Network was born, making high end videos on important issues, collaborating with kids from all over the world. Next I started ShoeLess Konstruction, teaching teens how to renovate old, dilapidated houses into beautiful, affordable apartments. Along the way, I’ve started countless small socially good enterprises, everything from Picket Fences for Gardens in our low income neighborhood, to the Halloween Haunted House For Everyone, providing a free, true haunted house for the kids in our neighborhood, complete with graves in the basement. Now I want to share all the things I’ve learned over the years, so ShareYourself was born.
When I’m not obsessed with ShareYourself, I wakeboard, kiteboard, snowboard, and dance the night away in clubs and festivals.
Hi, I’m Lauren. I was stoked about the idea of SYS at first mention of it. Like so many others, I’ve had tons of ideas that I deemed impossible because I didn’t have the resources or know what or where my tools were. When Stuey was just starting to birth the idea of ShareYourself, I was in the middle of trying to find a project that spoke deeply to me, while also having the potential to make a difference in people’s lives, and I knew right away this was it.
When I'm not working on ShareYourself, I'm cultivating empowerment and sisterhood amongst women, listening to live music & dancing, sipping vino with friends and spending way too much time in the kitchen.
We need your support to help us take all of the research and planning we've been doing, and turn it into a functional platform.
To do this, we need to raise $15,000 to fly in, house and feed our team of professionals who are going to build the platform in a week-long sprint in October 2015.
We're calling this event the ShareYourself Hackathon.
We decided to use Kickstarter for a few reasons.
Our Hackathon is essentially a replica of a ShareYourself project:
- We did the brainstorming and research
- We built our tribe
- Now we're raising money
We know that many of our ShareYourself members will be using Kickstarter to raise money for their Projects and Organizations, so we want the first-hand experience in order to support them.
We also want to include as many people as possible in on our process of making ShareYourself happen.
We know the magic that can happen in the Kickstarter community, and we want you in on our Tribe.
The money we raise will leverage nearly $75,000 of talent being donated by the professionals attending our Hackathon. Here's a little breakdown:
- Meals - we’re feeding 12 adults 3 times a day for 7 days - that’s 252 meals!
- The techy things needed: electronics, subscriptions, office supplies, wifi, etc.
- The rest will go toward the ongoing work the platform will need after the Hackathon is over, which will be done by professionals who we will need to pay.
Since we're not creating a tangible product, we had to get creative with our rewards. Most of them are experiences, and we think they're pretty rad.
$10: We'll be posting a personal big ol' thank you that we'll include on our website.
$25: You'll receive a wooden pendant of our SYS logo.
$50: You'll receive a tote bag with our logo on it.
$100: We'll be hosting a live, virtual celebration for our backers at this level. You'll be able to see our faces and hop on video with us to ask any questions, or submit them in the live chat-box feature. And it's recorded, so you'll be able to go back and watch it if you can't make it live.
$300: Want to come up with a Project idea? At this level you'll receive a one-on-one brainstorming session with Stu, who's known for his life-changing conversations. He's the king at helping you come up with your best ideas and figuring out your life purpose.
$500: For years Stu has rocked neon green hair, and for special occasions will change the color to match the person's favorite. For this reward level, you can choose your favorite color and Stu will dye his hair and then record a video personally thanking you for your pledge.
$1000: Stu has a badass purple '72 El Camino SS. You can borrow it for a whole weekend and be just as badass. And if you ask nicely, he'll turn on the nitrous as well.
Risks and challenges
We already have the hackathon dates set and transportation plans organized, so there's nothing stopping it from happening once we've successfully raised our kickstarter round.
Most of our rewards are all experiences, so we foresee no problems getting out the rewards on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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