When I created this campaign, I had two objectives:
First, I wanted to announce that this was real – that instead of it being an idea rattling around in abstract, it was something real that we were working towards.
And second, I wanted the campaign to drive outreach. I wanted the reason to go to every networking event and tell people about the awesome vision we were working towards, to ask for their thoughts, introductions and support.
Raising the money, honestly, was secondary.
Today, I can say that The Community Ecosystem, Inc is formally registered as a corporation in the state of Georgia! We have our own federal employer identification number, a separate bank account, and a basic, functional website. (You have no idea how many times I’ve told myself to keep it simple with regards to that!)
Plus, I can also say that we’ve connected with some serious movers in Atlanta’s food security scene! We’re in the running for the food challenge fellowship at the Center for Civic Innovation; we’ve gotten offers of help with branding, publicity and strategy; and – most exciting – we have two very promising leads for land!!
So today, I’m canceling the Kickstarter campaign. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been a huge success, and has more than Kickstarted this idea into reality.
I would like to invite all of you to keep up with the Ecosystem by signing up for our email list. This idea is going big places, and as its first backers you are entitled to watch as we build this into reality. Click here to make sure you can follow the story: http://communityecosystem.org
In fact, we’ll be honoring Kickstarter rewards for everyone who supported us – though you will have to transfer your backing info and pledge over to our website instead of having it deducted automatically. Click here to transfer your pledge: http://communityecosystem.org/?p=12
Your funds will go towards preparing our eventual location for planting – which, given the spaces we’re looking at, will probably involve goats, chickens, a livestock guardian dog and some electric fencing. Pictures, stories and learning guaranteed!
Finally, we would like to thank all of you for your support! It means a lot that you see the vision and are willing to put your name towards making it a reality. As the Kickstarter comes to a close, let’s raise a glass to what we’ve accomplished and to what will come in the new year!