I have been working on a project called "Insert __ Here" which is a global project inspiring local thinking. The tagline is "rethink your neighborhood." In the face of climate change this project seeks to encourage people to think about, identify and hopefully take action in their own neighborhood - from simple things like getting recycling bins in place, or motion sensors for lights to bigger actions like solar panels & community gardens.
One aspect of the project is to photograph your "requested remediation" and upload the image to flickr. From there I am asking designers/artists/illustrators to participate by imagining the remediations. I am seeking creative, stylized interesting interpretations from a worldwide team.
I have had a lot of designers say that they loved the project idea and they want to participate, but then they don't. How can I motivate people?
I thought that if I could get some really interesting works up there it would motivate others, so I am paying for a few of the remediations. Since I am an artist and this is not currently a funded project, its not realistic to continue to do this.
The latest idea is to run a competition that would happen as follows: -The remediation which by the end of December of 2008 has the most "favorites" wins $300 -A random drawing of two of the remediations will each win $100 So, the more you remediate, the more chances you have, the better you remediate, the better a chance you have. My hesitation in doing this is that this project is not at all funded. I was hoping to encourage people who were just interested in being part of a global movement, but that isn't happening.
There are plenty of potential benefits for participants already: Here are some benefits to working on Insert __ Here remediations:
- Having fun imagining positive changes in communities around the world.
- Build your portfolio as an artist or designer.
- Get promoted on the insert-here.org website with links to your site.
- Potential to be published by a major media outlet (I have a proven record with this & contacts)
- Possible gallery show of before & after images.
- Possible book of the best/most interesting remediations.
- Possible presentation to city agencies.
Any thoughts on how to raise interest?