Emergent Futures Tumblelog

This is the Tumblelog of Paul Higgins and Sandy Teagle - Futurists from Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. Go to Emergent Futures to see more or follow on Twitter at FuturistPaul . If you right click on the pictures, titles or links in these posts you will be able to go to the original story on the web. If you click on comments for each post you can either read what others have said or add your own comment via Disqus. If you click on the date of a post it will take you to a single post view where you can copy the web link if you want to send it to someone else. If you click on the tags it will take you to other stories from Emergent Futures with the same tag.
When I look at Kickstarter, I see small businesses that have been funded by their customers. I see the acceleration of this shift away from the industrial manufacturing ideology to more of a maker economy. And I also see an idea so powerful that the company name has become a verb.

Adele Bertei is making us misty-eyed this morning in the first project update for her memoir, No New York: Adventures in the Town of Empty. (via kickstarter)

Paul Higgins: I think that this is an interesting concept. My first reaction a(and therefore assumption) is that the solitary is important and that sharing and being social about it hurts the process (not referring to blogging, etc but the writing of books). I try to live by the rule “strong views, weakly held” (not always successfully).

Posted at 3:28pm and tagged with: publishing, crowdfunding,.

Writing is a solitary pursuit. Writers spend an indecent amount of time on their own, agonizing over the perfect word to turn a story while memoirists wrestle with not only words but the twists of memory; the good, the bad, and the lonely. I say this to tell you that you’ve not only given me money, you’ve given me company. You’ve elected me to be your personal storyteller of a time you are all intrigued by, a time you may very well have participated in. So you can bet I’m imagining you all here with me while I take this journey back to honor the place, and the time, in all it’s raging glory.

Solitude is overrated. Thank you. I’m honored.

The offer will run for 90 days following the game’s launch, and is open to any fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish title.

Full Story: Eurogamer

Posted at 11:57am and tagged with: gaming, tech, technology, crowdfunding, business models,.

SOKAP: THE CLOSEST THING TO JOBS ACT CROWDFUNDING THAT’S ALREADY LEGAL

Instead of buying equity in a startup, SoKap investors buy the rights to its profits in a particular city.


Full Story: TechCocktail

Posted at 10:00am and tagged with: tech, technology, crowdfunding,.

SOKAP: THE CLOSEST THING TO JOBS ACT CROWDFUNDING THAT’S ALREADY LEGAL
Instead of buying equity in a startup, SoKap investors buy the rights to its profits in a particular city.

Full Story: TechCocktail

kickstarter:

How good are you at lying to your friends? If your answer is “Not at all!” then you had better get good and fast, because you’re going to want to school them at Diamond Trust of London — the new Nintendo DS title from independent game designer Jason Rohrer. It’s two-player, turn-based, simultaneous-decision strategy game about diamond traders operating in Angola in the year 2000, and whichever player can bring back the most diamonds wins. Naturally, this requires outfoxing your opponent with bribes, spies, and lots of general craftiness. Well, Jason, we see your diamond-mining-bribery-shenanigans, and we raise you a Project of the Day.

Posted at 5:31pm and tagged with: tech, technology, gaming, crowdfunding,.

kickstarter:

How good are you at lying to your friends? If your answer is “Not at all!” then you had better get good and fast, because you’re going to want to school them at Diamond Trust of London — the new Nintendo DS title from independent game designer Jason Rohrer. It’s two-player, turn-based, simultaneous-decision strategy game about diamond traders operating in Angola in the year 2000, and whichever player can bring back the most diamonds wins. Naturally, this requires outfoxing your opponent with bribes, spies, and lots of general craftiness. Well, Jason, we see your diamond-mining-bribery-shenanigans, and we raise you a Project of the Day.

Roominate: Make It Yours!


The toy that makes every young girl an artist, an engineer, an architect, and a visionary!

Full Story: Kickstarter

Posted at 7:20pm and tagged with: crowdfunding, tech, technology, education,.

Roominate: Make It Yours!

The toy that makes every young girl an artist, an engineer, an architect, and a visionary!


Full Story: Kickstarter

kickstarter:

scottrogers:

I’d never seen this before on Kickstarter, but here’s a handy way of looking at how the projects you back break across categories. I’ve backed 16 projects in two years.


Yes! But might we suggest Passage New Orleans for Art? Or perhaps the very cool After the Ice? And there’s still a few hours left to back rad Comics project The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay! (We could go on…)

Posted at 8:21am and tagged with: tech, technology, economic, crowdfunding,.

kickstarter:

scottrogers:

I’d never seen this before on Kickstarter, but here’s a handy way of looking at how the projects you back break across categories. I’ve backed 16 projects in two years.

 Yes! But might we suggest Passage New Orleans for Art? Or perhaps the very cool After the Ice? And there’s still a few hours left to back rad Comics project The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay! (We could go on…)

Posted at 9:02pm and tagged with: crowdfunding, tech, social media, economic, technology,.

Q: What advantage did going on Kickstarter give you?

A: Kickstarter is really cool because basically you can chat with the community, talk directly to the customer and find out what they want, what they are thinking, and impress them.
Within two weeks, Chapman learned something important: You can’t stop Kickstarters from throwing money at you. Fourteen people bought the $340 thing. Chapman received 3,369 percent of his requested goal — $6,739. “It was nuts,” said Chapman, 31. “Right after I got that funding, I started a full-time job. I had time, and then all of a sudden, life hit me all at once.”

All of a sudden, the place Chapman shared with his girlfriend had to be converted into a makeshift hardware factory.

First, I had the laser machine in the corner of the living room, and it kind of grew a little bit to the other corner of the living room,” he said. He was ordered to move everything to the spare bedroom, but that lasted only so long. That worked for a little while, but then it crept back out into the living room,” he said. “It’d be perfect if I was living at my parents’ house.”