Hey Cindy! Sure!
“Re: funding, many people around me need dollars before they can commit significant time windows because they’ve exhausted their and their family’s capacity.”
I know this situation, many people know it. It’s because we are working in isolated silos. We don’t have capital. Large corporations have capital by virtue of playing the rules of the game of capitalism. So such people are always marginalized by the mainstream system. Working within the capitalist paradigm (for want of a better word) in SILOS all but guarantees ones exhaustion. The odds are stacked against an isolated altruistic group ever able to scale. We burn through our own limited capital and exhaust our families as well. Can crowdfunding work? Sure, but it’s still driven mostly still by mainstream ME-centrism of competition. If we want to build a positive sum game where we can ALL win together, we can’t do that alone.
What we need to do is demonstrate some early wins. This hackathon has a good spread of projects…some small, some medium, some large. If we can get some early wins on the smaller projects…we can start to have confidence we are doing something different. That’s why it’s in ALL our interest to support as many projects as possible here…either by directly engaging or referring others who can. We are doing it for WE!
So of course, those people who have been burned so badly cannot fully participate. They have to work within the current paradigm and earn financial capital. But for others who do have some buffer, it’s a way to start building a system that can create a new positive sum paradigm for all, albeit in a pragmatic manner that does NOT burn you out.