Creativity happens at home, in our communities. Bill Gates once said that his biggest fear of competition is from “someone in a garage who is devising something completely new”. In 1992 his fears came true when two Stanford graduates came up with Google in a garage. From this garage environment, Google became one of the largest competitors to Microsoft. Their innovations have expanded from their core search market to now becoming a market leader in everything from email to satellite mapping, news aggregation and mobile computing.
If garages were the entrepreneur domain of the 20thcentury and collaboration spaces are the social evolution of the do-it-yourself garage, they are naturally looking to be the innovation hotspots of the future. Having a space where people can work and share knowledge while making innovations and sharing opportunities with others is the key idea behind a collaboration space. The desire to be an entrepreneur, creator of something new and innovative or just create to create should not be ignored because you don’t have the space and resources to grow your idea.
Whether it is growing vegetables in our community garden or welding a new sculpture in our shop. If this is not what you like, then come over and create the next big computer game or IPhone application. You may even want to donate your time teaching a class on watercolors or how to frame a window in your house. The possibilities are endless; all it will take is you and your ideals. Ours is a diverse community and with our community learning and teaching each other there are no limits to what can be made and done.
For our collaboration/maker space to be successful C4 will need to move into a larger building with more equipment and infrastructure. With the completion of this project we will be able to expand and allow for larger projects, create an area for the arts (IE: Painting, music, sculpting), planning/building a community aquaponics greenhouse, 3D prototyping, computer design, and whatever else our members can dream up!
$20,000 is the minimum we need for renting a space, some upgrades and would be greatly appreciated.
$100,000 would give us the funding we'd need to buy a building, all upgrades and equipment, and allow for more members!
Team on This Campaign:
Designer and doer