A Neighbor Funded Main Street: A Crash Course in Crowdfunding and Community Development

| Monday, May 19 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room: Cadillac B | Session Track: U

Crowdfunding platforms globally funded more than $5 Billion in projects, gadgets and ideas in 2013. ioby is a type of crowd funding platform designed specifically to support community-led, neighbor-funded projects that make neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. Join ioby for this Crash Course and learn real life case studies of mid-sized city neighborhoods using ioby and concepts of tactical urbanism to fund and implement projects that revitalize main streets and plazas. Whether your goals are beautification, community engagement, street safety, commercial revitalization or neighborhood transformation, ioby can be a tactical funding tool that helps you bring those goals to life.

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Erin Barnes, ioby
The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin Barnes and her co-founders at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. Erin met her co-founders while studying water economics and hydrogeomorphology in graduate school at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, freelance environmental writer, and contributor to Al Gore’s book Our Choice. She conducted field research on socio-economic values of water in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. She has a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.E.M from Yale University. Erin lives in Brooklyn and serves on the Board of EcoDistricts, Resource Media, the Steering Committee for EPIP-NYC, and as an advisor to ArtBridge, Charity Sub, Shared Squared, and the Social Innovators Collective.