Case Study: The Hampline

by ioby
October 22, 2014

The Hampline is one of ioby’s favorite campaigns for a lot of reasons. It’s not only because the Hampline was ioby’s first campaign in Memphis, ioby’s first campaign to raise funds for hard infrastructure, and ioby’s highest grossing campaign to date. The project is to us a brilliant collaboration, blending commercial revitalization, placemaking, cycling infrastructure […]

ioby’s Trick Out My Trip Campaign

by ioby
October 20, 2014

Last year, something big happened for public transit in America. In 2013, a whopping 10.7 billion rides were taken on US transit. An impressive record high, the number reveals that the trend we’ve all seen in action – Americans, especially millennials, setting their sights on walkable, bikeable, train- and bus-able towns and cities – is […]

Awesome Project: Clean Rivers Campaign

by ioby
July 23, 2014

Pittsburgh is about to make the largest public investment in its history. Like hundreds of cities across the country, the Pittsburgh Region’s sanitary authority, ALCOSAN is under a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it is not in compliance with the Clean Water Act, meaning that when it rains, raw sewage from […]

Unpacking Wired’s Cheeky Crowdfunding Formula

by ioby
July 3, 2014

James McGirk’s calculus equation (Wired, June 2014) to a successful crowdfunding campaign has some good points.   Your campaign should be presented as professionally as possible, it should be communicated in an interesting way, it should be interesting in and of itself, and there should be some tangible and some intangible benefits to the potential […]

Awesome Project: Pittsburgh Children’s Discovery Garden

by ioby
June 30, 2014

One afternoon in April 2013, located between North Graham and North Aiken Street in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Leah Thill anxiously awaited the arrival of neighborhood volunteers. Thill, then 23, was a first year AmeriCorps participant with the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) and garden coordinator at the Kincaid Street Community Garden. […]

Awesome Project: Columbia Pike Blues Fest

by ioby
June 12, 2014

In a 2001 Brookings Institution report called “The World in a Zip Code,” the Columbia Pike area of South Arlington, Virginia was cited as having one of the most diverse zip codes in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region, with immigrants originating from over 120 countries. This still holds true today. With so many different languages […]

MIT Report on Civic Crowdfunding

by ioby
June 5, 2014

The leadership team at ioby wants to take this opportunity to commend Rodrigo Davies on his excellent, recently published research on the emerging field of civic crowdfunding. We’re grateful to have had the chance to work with him and share our work in his research process over the last two years. He’s taken the field […]