What is Russsify all about?
Russify is a lifestyle. Russify is educational. Russify is inspirational. Russify needs your help!
A message from Russify's founder...
We want to create an online environment where it is easy to explore every aspect of Russia. How do you say, “What is your name?” in Russian?. What do people enjoy doing in Russia? What is so special about Russian cuisine? All the answers to these questions are spread all over the internet but we would like to get people exposed to everything Russian in one place... from the comfort of your couch, bed, back seat of your car, tree, dog's kennel or absolutely anywhere! We want to optimise the Russify experience for mobile devices. You will feel at ease tackling the Russian language. Be it with your smartphone, tablet or laptop, you will feel a sense of total control over your Russification process.
How can you help Russify?
By contributing to Russify you will ensure that we can expand to much bigger horizons. We ultimately want to reach as many like-minded people as we can with Russify's unconventional yet powerful learning experience.
We need funding for the official Russify website where all the learning materials will appear. These material will be freely available to the public when the website launches. We will also be creating videos to compliment our learning materials and lessons. You will be introduced to various aspects of Russia through Russify's online learning experience. In order to make this all possible, we, the authors, need first hand experiences of Russia. We need to go out into Russia to gather material such as photographs of historical sites and Russian culture. This is necessary as we would like to make this material available under a Creative Commons license.
In return we will try our very best to offer you an open education experience like no other! We will always be open to suggestion and comments in order to better our website to ensure that you have the best possible experience at no cost whatsoever! Yes, we want to do this for the good of the online community and to promote free and open education and web opportunities! We are volunteer and we are recruiting more to help out!
The $8540 will help Russify's founder Duncan and Melissa, another Russify author, venture into Russia to gather the experience and materials needed for the website. This will indeed require the larger portion of the funding. The rest will be for website construction and maintenance (development, web hosting, domain registration etc) as well as our Russifists' (our affectionate name for our users and members of the Russify community = YOU!) perks!
We have awesome perks for our loyal contributors that go above and beyond!
The Russify goody bag:
This bag will consist of a whole inventory of stickers, badges and unique surprises! You will receive this package if you select any of the perk amounts! Don't forget, we need your shipping information! Expect to receive your package during the first half of next year! We know it's a long wait, but we want to make sure everything is perfect for our awesome Russifists!
This is a special perk... It's special because it's super awesome and it is the first issuing of our Ruskit! (another one of our snazzy names for wearable Russify merchandise!) The shirt will have the Russify logo on the front and the words, “Official Russifist!” on the back.
Other ways that you can help...
If you aren't able to contribute money, we will still appreciate it a lot if you could help by sharing our campaign with your friends and family. You can find us on Facebook Google+ and Twitter! If you can do this for us then we will be glad to knight you as official Russifists!
You can also help by spreading the word of open education and the open web. Check out non-profit organisations like Mozilla, Khan Academy, Ubuntu and countless other to see how you can contribute to the open web, open source, open science and open education communities! :D