As a young professional with relative financial freedom (no dependents, no mortgage, no worries!) I have the power to make a small change to a number of things. I’ve recently sponsored a colleague’s upcoming charity bike ride, left loose change in countless buckets at the end of supermarket checkouts and- more notably- invested in the social enterprise that is FairPhone (more on that in the next post!). It’s not selfless, of course. For every pound that I donate to a good cause I feel a sense of pride, a sense of “well done me, what a good egg I am”. It doesn’t matter that I, along with a large proportion of other do-gooders, sit around after doing our bit, gloating inside. What matters is that the change, bit by bit, is being made.
Something that has been buzzing around my head lately, is the sheer potential for change that the new craze for crowdfunding brings with it. I love crowdfunding. I perfectly epitomises the “all for one” mentality that I think we could really benefit from jumping on board with. I was reading an article at lunch today that introduced the Nebia shower; a revolutionary product being launched via Kickstarter. I clicked through to the link (here, if you’re interested!) to find that the new shower head- designed, with the help of aerospace engineers to reduce water consumption during showering by 70%- had attracted over $1,000,000 in less than 36hrs. They actually reached their Kickstarter goal of $100,000 within 8 hours of launching on the site; undoubtedly this surge in funding was given traction by a few incredibly high profile early funders, but it still leaves me speechless. When a large number of people are motivated to support someone with a great idea, amazing things can happen.
Nebia shower kickstarter campaign
I’d absolutely love to contribute to this Kickstarter. I can already imagine installing the Nebia shower over a natural stone shower base, perhaps with some indoor greenery around the edges that would thrive in the mist that the shower head emits. My very own indoor rainforest, with a very light environmental impact (70% less water…70%!!!). Alas, I don’t have a house of my own yet. I can only hope that by the time I’ve moved onto the property ladder this little baby has moved into mainstream retail (and, let’s face it, with over $1million funding its going to happen!) and I can snap one up to create my eco-friendly oasis in suburbia. For anyone who does want to be a part of this crowdfunding success story, there are still a few funding options left, but be quick! The way it’s going, demand is likely to outweigh the supply sooner rather than later! You can keep updated on the progress here.
And to all the good eggs that have already backed this project- well done you! You can now sit back and feel good about the change to which you’ve contributed. You have changed lives. You also have a shower being delivered to you in the not too distant future which has been described by Wired magazine as “Like Hugging a Warm Cloud“. You deserve that.