The New Earth Archive : A Student-Developed Community for Full-Spectrum Learning. Ideas for Fundraising Sources?
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I've just completed phase I of a project I began back in January. The goal of the project was to identify influential and accurate books about climate science, sustainability, behavioral / political science, economics, psychology, science, and technology - that would have the best chance of reaching students today. More college and high-school students need to be aware of the issues our society faces, and need to feel like they can do something about it - and I felt a valuable way to do that would be to get them reading again.
I gathered a list of over 300 ideas, narrowed them down to 75 with the help of people like Paul Hawken, David Rothenberg, Andy Revkin, and others - and then sent out a vote to environementalists, scientists, authors, and entrepreuners. I got votes back from people like David Orr, Stewart Brand, Eric Assadourian, James Hoggan - over 140 people in total. From their consensus we found 25 books that people think have the power to inspire students to drive change - and I'm calling it the first-annual New Earth Archive.
Next up is phase II. I want to develop an online community, framed around a game that will encourage students, and anyone in general, to both read these books and take action in their lives. I have a great concept already drawn out for this game, but I need to identify the right sources to find funds to build it.
What are the best options to take, both within education and outside of institutions? I tried entering a Social Change challenge for funds, but I need something more concrete. I am a Senior, about to graduate - and I have many options between launching this on my own, or applying to grad school - what are the best options to pursue to find ways to fund this endeavor? Thanks very much for your time.
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