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 […]

Awesome Project: Urban Urge Awards

by ioby
June 4, 2014

In her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urban activist Jane Jacobs states, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Mojdeh Baratloo appreciated this better than most. An architect, professor, community advocate, and urban designer, Baratloo, known affectionately to her […]

#CreateMemphis Campaign Launches

by ioby
May 27, 2014

Today ioby and Livable Memphis, the community of donors, leaders and volunteers who have so far, given more than $100,000 in donations that average $35 to community-led projects in Memphis neighborhoods, launch a new tool for people to share and develop their ideas online. Full release follows:   For Immediate Release May 27, 2014 CONTACT: […]