Andy Patrick is equal parts facilitator, techie, artist, and entrepreneur; in his latest venture, he is seeking to restructure the channels of change. In discussing the history of social change, Andy and I hit upon two questions: Who determines what change looks like? And what role does technology factor in?
Andy has founded ten organizations in both for-profit and nonprofit ventures. His experiences range from designing websites for artists and major corporations at liveBooks and Adjacency, to helping documentarians share their films worldwide, as the founder of FiftyCrows. He has always found ways to use technology and visual storytelling to facilitate unlikely connections between people. When he founded Streetwise, a magazine produced by and for the homeless community in Chicago, he was seeking to create a legitimate publication that readers would find appealing, while also developing serious writers and providing income – 75 cents of every dollar earned went to the people selling the magazine.
Andy views his latest venture, LikeMinded, as a means of localizing autonomy for social change. “People spend a third of their lives in community. They should get to determine the changes that will most impact them,” he says, adding “There are certain inventions in technology that are revolutionary, crowdfunding is in that category.” Creating crowdfunded campaigns on LikeMinded will enable people to publicize the changes they wish to see, while also breaking down barriers between nonprofits, government, and business to engender support for local initiatives. The platform will also provide a forum and training ground for people to share stories and create dialogue about community vitality.
“People spend a third of their lives in community. They should get to determine the changes that will most impact them,”
“The beauty of all this,” Andy says, is that “It will give a wide variety of people the opportunity to engage with projects in their communities.” With crowdfunding revenue growing exponentially, it is changing the way people invest. Andy’s hope and my question is: how can LikeMinded change the way people engage with their broader community- its assets and the people who make it vibrant.