Using your free time and skills to improve the world

A few years ago I had an idea based on my frustrations with both the deep need for volunteering and its limitations. It shifted the way I thought about the way volunteering is usually done. I came up with a design and realized it needed validation testing, and so that’s where I am today.

Projectica.org will, at one point, become a Software-as-a-Service tool. Think about any kind of planning, scheduling, designing, spreadsheet, analytics, and communications tools that you might use and even pay for – that’s what SaaS stands for. It’ll be for people to collaborate on projects for their own good (idea creation, skill building, networking and fellowship, free expression) or for the wider community (resources the community needs, experiences they enjoy). Collaborators will come from a wide net- whomever is interested in a topic, skill to practice, or the project itself – and get to use their available time and skills according to their interests.

Projects are:

  • efforts that are finite (they have a beginning, middle, and end),
  • fun (even if they’re problem-solving),
  • voluntary (unpaid, except for the rewards of participating, which may include a share of the benefits or proceeds),
  • real-world (analog and physical, digital takes a back seat), and
  • not-for-profit.

Examples: environmental clean-ups, pop-up events, funding drives, amateur sports events, Maker and arts festivals, and more.

Have you ever organized one of these projects? I would love to hear from you

I need to understand how people volunteer and collaborate on spontaneous or community projects and what obstacles they encounter in logistics and communication. Therefore, I need to know more about how you tend to volunteer already. Here is a less-than-five-minutes, anonymous TypeForm survey. My goal is to have 100 responses or more to have a measure of people’s interests and gaps. Help me get to my first 100!

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