Ioby’s online platform allows anyone to propose and fund a project; it’s Kickstarter just for projects focusing on local, environmental improvement. But it also gives more than money, allowing interested supporters to volunteer to help the projects that are bettering their neighborhoods. "Ioby is all about giving regular people who want to make their neighborhoods better better places to live," writes Barnes. "Anyone with a good idea for his or her neighborhood can post it online, raise the money they need, find local volunteers, and share ideas with others searching for similar solutions to different environmental issues."
To be successful, Ioby quickly learned it had to combine crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. According to Ioby's co-founder Erin Barnes says their early adopters told them that they wanted to find new volunteers, in their own neighborhoods, not from across town, and they wanted to learn from others working in the field. She said, "Good ideas need more than just money."
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