Opening up the world with money is one kind of freedom. Opening it up with open source is another. There’s a lot of research out there, and we certainly feel that putting Science in(to) the Open is definitely something worthy of support. And there are a lot of researchers and scientists that can use that extra nudge.
“That’s brilliant, I’d pay money for that!”, reading through your RSS and Twitter feeds finding stuff that you feel you would reward with some money. Too bad not all content is available in that way yet. Wanting to pay for a science article, so that the author can continueher work, is a common feeling. So why don’t we?
Just today I came across Charlie McDonnell - also known as charlieissocoollike on YouTube – where he talks about filesharing and paying for it. He’s a musician himself, and I really felt: “This guy is the right type for Flattr, and I want to flattr him now!”
We do want to reward content creators, don’t we?
Sharing what you create can be achieved in quite a few imaginative ways. For example, 365 Jars are being placed in different places across Bristol, England to be found and containing art, over the course of a year.. Combining it with small QR codes on the bottom, so people could view the jar, flattr it, and leave it for someone else to enjoy might be cool, right?
New life is being rushed into the Flattr community; we always like fresh meat. Kyle Clements is an artist, based in Canada. With vibrant and colorful acrylic paintings, can he be something to Flattr? While unfortunately his collaborative work, Illuminated Landscapes, does not seem to be flattrable, the rest is!
After all of this, we shouldn’t forget about Japan, where people are still struggling to get back to normal and understand the ramifications of the nuclear power plant situation. The question of whether crowdsourcing can be successful in this case has arisen. It’s important to have a “common pot” where you can find resources, knowledge, and not least of all, money. As for that last one, Flattr can help too. We’ve set up an account via givv.org to support the relief efforts. Let’s show the strength of crowdsourcing here: Japan Disaster Relief Fund.