In the world of product manufacturing and invention, corporations rule the game. They are the ones with the largest research and development funds / teams, product sales pipelines, and marketing teams. If they want to get a product to market, they can quickly create, revise and start selling it.
But what about the little guys that are just trying to get started, and don’t have millions of dollars to put towards a project, or a massive team that can start working on the project, even in its early conceptual stages?
This is especially problematic for the world of environmental and conscious project. The large corporations usually just don’t want to get involved with ideas that are just meant for the general good of society and the world – mostly because they can’t profit on it.
So how do we create meaningful products that can save lives abroad, all without the massive team and infrastructure that a corporation has?
Enter the Crowdfunding Revolution
Thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, normal people, just like you and me are now able to conceptualize an idea for an environmental product, that can do a massive amount of good in the world, and get the initial funding necessary to make the conception a reality.
Project like the O3 System (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/systemd/o3-system-clean-water) and many others are getting tens of thousands of dollars in crowd funding to produce these types of systems from a wide range of investors.
One of the initial project partners, John Layman, told us: “We are absolutely amazed at the response for this type of project. People are so incredibly generous, and have really caught on to the vision that we were trying to achieve with the O3 system”. John is normally a personal injury attorney in Spokane, WA, but has volunteered his knowledge and experience in the world of patents and trademarks to protect the intellectual property of the system.
“Systems like this can do a massive amount of good in the world, but unfortunately aren’t usually a success because of a lack of support and awareness about it. Crowdfunding has allowed us to actually make this entire project a reality, where normally, it would have just been a cool idea that never got anywhere.”
Projects like this are springing up all the time, pushed by very intelligent people who are looking to make an impact on the world for good. Here are just a few of the many areas that a ton of innovation and development are going on right now, because of the crowdfunding innovations:
Urban Farming and Agriculture
As urban metro centers continue to grow across the world, the issue of producing food in a reasonable and sustainable way is becoming a bigger and bigger deal. With innovations like vertical gardening, and green roofs, our cities are now able to produce a larger portion of the food it consumes from within city limits.
This not only is a better use of land (especially in the urban areas), but reduces the transportation costs and impact that trucking food in usually has.
Clean Water for Developing Nations
Clean water has been an on-going battle for developing nations for thousands of years. But now with lean manufacturing and crowdfunding, dozens of new products are popping up that have never been seen before. Lifestraw, O3 systems, and more are the ones leading the pack.
Bug / Disease Control
The last major area that crowdfunding is helping to make progress in is the world of disease spreading and noxious insects. Various types of mosquito repellants, blocks and limiters are now hitting the market, and making a big impact in developing nations.