Gallery: Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Fun...

 

The team of developers at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, know that urban landscapes are full of potential for innovation. But initiatives aimed at change and progress can often find themselves entangled in a great deal of bureaucratic red tape. Renovating an old playground or installing a community garden takes a great deal of time, money, and organization, and the amount of human and financial input demanded can cause inspired ideas to struggle. To help guide activists and help get projects off of the ground, designers Bryan Boyer and Dan Hill have created Brickstarter, a prototype website that pitches projects, helps raise funds, and connects neighborhood citizens with local government.

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  1. erinbarnes September 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Interesting piece. I’m one of three co-founders of ioby.org, founded in NYC in 2008, and operating since 2009, whose name also comes from the opposite of NIMBY. During out NYC pilot, we saw the full funding of nearly 200 citizen-led, neighbor-funded local civic projects.

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