Wednesday, 07 September 2011
The Human Project: Starting an epic conversation on the future of our species
We're building an iPad app. Not just any app. An app to launch an epic conversation on the future of our species.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) - Sep 06, 2011 - Manhattan, United States – The Human Project is on a mission to architect a global public discourse on the future of our species. It’s undoubtedly bold, but their first, small step—to launch a framework for how to think about challenges that confront the species as a whole in a free iPad app—is gaining momentum.
Using Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform, co-founders Erika Ilves and Anna Stillwell have raised $25,000 in just 5 days—a big success for a micro-funding endeavor.
“I’m officially afraid of my inbox,” Stillwell, joked with her volunteers on the Facebook Campaign Group. “You people are amazing.”
“The support has been incredible,” says Stillwell. “We have backers from all over the world: Canadians, South Africans, Emiratis, Swiss, Lebanese, Americans, Italians, Danes, Dutch, Irish, Australians, Bangladeshis, French, Germans, Bahrainis, Costa Ricans, Pakistanis, Indians… It’s pretty unbelievable.”
Ilves and Stillwell came to this space through their management consulting work. “We advise global companies and small and medium-sized governments. As we researched the global challenges in service of making sense of the world for our clients, what struck us was the fragmentation.”
“Every expert said their issue mattered most. But where was the big picture? How can we prioritize the challenges we face without answering the really big questions: Who do we want to become as a species? Where do we want to head next? We need to develop a grounded, big-picture vision to guide us.” They believe that the framework and content they offer is a starting point.
Their intent is not to stand behind a pre-determined direction, but rather to get the ball rolling. “You don’t need to agree with everything we say. You only need to agree that thinking seriously about the future of our species is a worthy endeavor.”
Their hope is that their ideas will lead to connections with people who can help them realize one element of the longer-term vision behind The Human Project: creating a 21st century platform where those of us interested in the survival and development of the species can engage in shaping answers to the really big questions and experimenting with new forms of organizing at a species-wide scale to tackle these challenges. They believe their conceptual framework offers one way to structure the conversations on that future platform.
Given the support they’ve received thus far, and the 24 days remaining in their Kickstarter campaign, they think their first step can be much more ambitious. “If we raise $50,000 we’ll be able to make The Human Project available to anyone with an internet connection. If we raise $75,000, people will be able to contribute to The Human Manifesto—an evolving declaration of who we are as a species and who we should become.”
The Kickstarter campaign is open until September 28, 8:20 GST. Donations start at $10. For more information, or to contribute, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thehumanprojectapp/t ....
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