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Crowdfunded micro-grant events for creative & entrepreneurial ideas (SOUP DETROIT)

This is a great way to bring any community together and to get them to collectively decide on actions they want to take place within their community to create jobs and to improve their surroundings. $5 for Soup, Salad, Bread, and a VOTE!

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This is a great way to bring any community together and to get them to collectively decide on actions they want to take place within their community to create jobs and to improve their surroundings.

The event happens on a set date where people pay $5 for a soup, salad and bread. With this you also get one vote for your favorite idea pitched that night. You can choose to also pitch your idea as well, but proposals are due ahead of time. Throughout dinner you will hear ideas, and at the end, once everyone has voted, the winning concept takes home $600-900.

Check out the video, it explains a lot.


This model can be replicated in so many different ways, and changing it from a grant to an 'investment', everyone that contributes is now a stakeholder and instantly invested emotionally in the outcome of the project as well. You can scale this up, televise and make the entire city vote, or you can switch it to an online based platform, much like kickstarter. The small community scale has proven to be a great one, and if you really push that the ideas not only need to be creative, but also represent the city, and create jobs, then it really becomes interesting.

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Very cool! Love how it uses food to bring the community together to share & support ideas. An idea worth spreading everywhere (to art schools, entrepreneurial meetups, co-working spaces, block parties, etc.). I'd gladly attend & chip in $5.

Thanks for sharing Narbeh! I hope you'll be back for the concepting phase, as it looks like you're already on the way to developing a great concept =)

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I love this post! I wonder what kind of participation that the voters can have in the implementation of these community ideas? It is definitely a great way to mobilized volunteers and/or staff. Might there be some community training on 'concept to implementation and beyond?" for those who have ideas but don't know how to implement, maintain or replicate?

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