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STAFF PICK: Discover everything sustainable to eat, do and buy in your city and make the world a better place every time you go out.
STAFF PICK: Discover everything sustainable to eat, do and buy in your city and make the world a better place every time you go out.
117 backers pledged CA$ 10,056 to help bring this project to life.

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EXTRAORDINARY: Making the world a better place (free app!)

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The challenge

Every day, we lose 50,000 football fields worth of trees, emitting more CO2 into the atmosphere than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined. Less trees also means we can’t turn CO2 into oxygen, exasperating climate change. Meanwhile 40% of Ethiopians live in extreme poverty with limited access to water, food and education.

The opportunity 

We're setting out to hire single Ethiopian moms in need to plant a tree every time you eat out, go shopping or do something fun. The app will be free to download, free to use and huge fun. Creating jobs is the most dignified, sustainable and long-term solution for extreme poverty and the atmospheric benefits of planting trees are the same regardless of where we plant them. 

Next steps

We have two years experience running a similar program with a $30 book. We have partners in Ethiopia who've planted 6 million trees. We have hundreds of participating businesses on board with new ones coming on board every day. With your support, we can finish development and bring this project to life.

What's the app like?

 Everything meets at least 3 of our 4-point sustainability criteria so you're discovering and supporting local businesses making a positive difference beyond our tree program.  

Healthy: You'll find tons of outdoor activities, organic groceries, locavore restaurants... everything you need to live a healthier, more balanced and resourceful way of life.

Community-minded: You'll discover businesses that organize community programs, volunteer their time or make significant charitable contributions.

Planet-friendly: You'll find businesses that participate in the sharing economy, provide eco-friendly alternatives and proactively reduce their footprint.

Local: You'll find indie businesses that help create jobs, increase investment, reduce environmental impact and reduce taxation in your own back yard. 

What's your plan?

It all started two years ago with a $30 book we shared with 20,000 people, proving there is both a need and a willing audience. But printing books for each city is expensive, logistically complex and unsustainable.You can be part of turning it into a free app. Together, let's make it easier and more fun for more people to do their share for a better world and live more extraordinary lives. 

Our plan is to launch in Vancouver, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle this fall with 15 additional cities coming on board in 2015.  

Design is nearly complete, development is underway and we have numerous businesses coming on board each day. We need your support getting the word out to as many people as possible so choose a pledge level and share this campaign with your friends.  

Where did this come from?

We all want to make the most out of life… be healthy, happy and make a difference. But sometimes we don’t know what to do or where to start. So we stick with our routine and never break out of the ordinary. We care about issues like poverty and climate change but we seldom do anything about it because it's not part of our routine. 

Two and a half years ago my team and I (Julien) became fascinated with the idea of developing tools to help people make healthier, more sustainable lifestyle choices and make a positive difference doing it. I wanted to create a tool for better living in a better world. We've done it in Vancouver. Now we're making it accessible to everyone. 

These are exciting times. We're alive in an era of important change. Let's make sure it all turns out well. The future can be extraordinary. 

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Risks and challenges

Extraordinary is being developed by a team of experienced technologists and creatives passionate about helping people live healthier, more sustainable lives and make a positive difference in the world. Together, we have:

- Founded several ventures
- Developed mobile apps for various Fortune 500 clients
- Designed widely used SAAS applications
- Developed award-winning mobile games

Design is nearly complete, development is underway and we have pre-existing customers, all of which reduces risk. However, until the app is live, there is always a chance of unexpected setbacks. Our technical and PM experience can further reduce this risk.

Two things we're committed to: 1) delivering a truly fantastic product, and 2) transparency and communication with pledgers as we move toward completion.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    GRATITUDE AND UPDATES

    You'll receive a notification when the app is live and ready for download. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    APP + CREDIT + PLANT ONE TREE

    You'll receive the app + your name on our founding members page + one tree planted in your name by single moms in need and credited to your app profile.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    APP + CREDIT + PLANT A FOREST

    You'll receive the app + your name on our founding members page + one small forest (10 trees) planted in your name by single moms in need and credited to your app profile.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 37

    APP + CREDIT + A LARGE FOREST + 3 TWITTER SHOUT OUTS TO 30K

    You'll receive the app + your name on our founding members page + a large forest (30 trees) planted in your name by single moms in need and credited to your app profile + 3 shout outs through 5 accounts (15 shout outs total) to our 30k followers - it can be a thank you, a retweet or a mention of something that matters to you like your business or a charity you support. Must be tasteful, non-secular and non-partisan. We'll do our best to tweet on preferred dates.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 75

    YOUR BUSINESS FEATURED FOR ONE YEAR ($299 VALUE)

    Your business must meet at least 3 of our 4-point sustainability criteria (www.extraordinary.is/welcome for details or contact me through this page). Multiple locations within the same city are free. If you have multiple branded businesses, pledge $99/brand. If you have locations in multiple cities pledge $99/city. After launch, a listing will retail for $299.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 75

    APP BETA RELEASE + SPECIAL CREDIT + A LARGE FOREST + 3 TWITTER SHOUT OUTS TO 30K + A 1HR DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY

    You'll receive everything in the $50 level + you'll be one of the very first to use the app before public release + your name at the top of our founding members page + a one hour talk and Q&A session via Skype led by myself (Julien) on the future of business and sustainability. I'll share unique insights from working with hundreds of progressive startups and small businesses and my own transition to social entrepreneurship. Ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs and people interested in sustainability or social entrepreneurship. Search "Julien Fruchier" on LinkedIn for full bio.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 373

    WHISTLER WEEKEND GETAWAY

    Everything on the $100 pledge level + an extraordinary two-day, one-night Whistler weekend getaway this upcoming spring/summer 2015 hosted by myself (Julien) and my co-founder Lucy. You'll be part of a group going on an eco ziplining tour with Ziptrek, a visit to Scandinave Spa, a one-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a tour of Whistler on bike, dinner at ultra sustainable Alta Bistro and a few other surprises. Transportation to-and-from Whistler departing from Vancouver and your accommodation are on us. Everything else, is at your expense but at negotiated rates.

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Funding period

- (36 days)