When human beings decide to work together they can accomplish great things. This truth is why the website Kickstarter has the ability to change not just a few lives, but the entire world. On Kickstarter creators and their fans come together to fund projects both big and small. Some of these projects are for entertainment while others are for enriching the human experience. Listed below are 10 of the most life changing and humanity altering Kickstarter projects around.
The Rainforest Connection
Saving the rainforest used to be the rallying cry of environmentalists all over the world. While the hot button issue for these same environmentalists lies on fuel and alternative energy, the rainforest still needs help! That is why the Rainforest Connection is so important. This campaign utilizes old and recycled smartphones for usage as rainforest protection devices. They are mounted up across the different forests and powered via solar energy. These phones are then connected to each other in order to maintain a network that alerts people of destructive and illegal logging in protected territory. The project was a hit and raised over $167,000 in funding.
Library For All
Living in a highly modernized world it is easy to forget how lucky we are that we have libraries. As it turns out, not everyone has that benefit. The Library For All project seeks to utilize burgeoning digital technology to connect more than 200 million impoverished children to open source library books. The project raised $109,955 and is still going on strong.
Pacific Sky Power: Sustainable Shipping
In order to change the world you have to be able to move around within it. This Kickstarter project, by Dan Tracy, put a request out for a measly $1,000 dollars (it gained $2,572). In return backers got the satisfaction in helping pioneer a potential fleet of green energy shipping vessels. These ships will use wind power to traverse the oceans as cargo carriers. The company aims to have vessels in the water within the next five years.
Notion: Home Intelligence System
The technology portion of Kickstarter could be all we delved into in order to find a way to change humanity for the better. This project, called Notion, aims to bring to life the very house around you in order to secure and optimize your life. Notion is a fully immersive home intelligence system that has raised almost $200,000 on their $50,000 platform. Notion is a network of smart sensors that can be placed around the home to sense varying degrees of information. They will reinvent the home security market. A single sensor/hub combo costs near $100.
The SkyLight: Global Health Educator
The SkyLight is a smart phone to microscope adapter that aims to help train medical professionals in third world countries. The SkyLight seamlessly adapts to any microscope ever made. Simply use the sliding bar to size a cell phone up, lining the camera correctly, and then broadcast those images to colleagues around the world. Bay Area inventors Tess & Andy raised $22,727 dollars for their invention. SkyLight will cost $60 upon release.
Freight Farms: Grow Fresh Foods Worldwide
Hydroponic gardening is no longer strange to most of the world today. Growing food with lights, indoors, has become an acceptable way to boos crop production. Freight Farms seek to take to this concept to the next level by hand crafting and delivering modular hydroponic gardens to places in need. These systems will help ramp up food production that has been curbed by urban sprawl and global warming. This potentially world changing idea was summoned up by Jon Friedman. The project earned over $30,000 in order to fund their first unit. After production ramps up units are expected to be priced for around $30,000 each.
Global Village Construction
In order to raise a village, or a small town, or even just a home you are expected to spend a ton of cash and man hours. The Global Village Construction Set, by Open Source Ecology, seeks to eliminate the fuel cost and monetary expense of building a home. This open source line up of heavy tools, including a Tractor, Compressed Earth Brick Press, and Soil Pulverizer, can revolutionize the way we build green homes. The project could change lives and at an affordable price. The campaign raised $63,000.
The Choice is Ours – A Documentary
We know that technology is powerful and that we possess the information required to change the world. The reason that we can’t change the world is simple: nobody is willing to make the effort a joint one. This documentary, titled ‘The Choice is Ours’, details the ways that technology could be used to save the very planet we inhabit. The film raised $75,000 and will be made available online once it is completed.
Growing Hope has been established for the past decade as a source of general gardening knowledge for impoverished and hungry communities. This company teaches people to grow in urban environments. Their new campaign seeks to bring more gardens, healthy food, and nutrition information to the people in dire need of it. This non profit organization raised over $21,000 in their campaign.
FrackNation – A Documentary
No matter what side of the political aisle you stand on fracking is a hot button issue in our world. FrackNation is a documentary that seeks to illuminate the very dangers, and myths, that fracking has drummed up in rumor fueled world we live in. The campaign raised over $212,000 dollars.