Paul Buchheit's experiment 'Collaborative Charity' works on the principle that he will donate money to a cause that people vote for.
From Paul's blog...
Donating money to worthwhile causes seems like a good idea, but doing it right requires knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, time, and of course money. I have at most two of those things. The traditional solution is to rely on "experts", but that has its own problems.Read more here.
One of the great things about the Internet (other than the obvious) is that it enables people to collaborate in new ways, and each contribute little bits of their time and knowledge.
Now I'm trying it for real -- I have a lot of ideas, but not much time, so I'm starting with the simplest solution that I could find. It may not work, but it should be interesting.
Here's how it works: I'm going to donate a bunch of money, but I want random people on the Internet to decide where it goes.
Here are the rules:
- The money MUST go to an IRS recognized public charity. No exceptions.
- I've created a topic on Google Moderator where people can submit and vote on ideas. I've never used Google Moderator, but someone told me that it's good, so hopefully it works :)
- Ultimately, this is just a recommendation and I may completely ignore the results if they are stupid, so don't bother spamming.
- I also created a group on FriendFeed where people can submit links and discuss ideas.
Our friends at Literacy Bridge are on the list too. Read about Literacy Bridge and their Talking Book project here. After reading about them, if you decide to vote for them, click here.
You can also view our other posts on the Talking Books here, here and here.
You can also view the other ideas here.