Kickstarter dinners and crowdfunding

I havn't written in a few weeks, and lots has happened. We just got done with our first series of kickstarter reward dinners.  Dinners where everyone there was either a kickstarter supporter or their guest. It was nice to finally meet and give back to the folks who helped so much during the campaign.  We made caja china roast turkey, with wild mushroom stuffing, fried smelt with caper aioli, wild boar proscuitto, and I discovered a new favorite dish, eucalyptus-huckleberry popsicles. It was a great weekend. Over 1600 people gave to the kickstarter, which is an amazing thought. That 1600 people, most of which had never met me or anyone at forageSF, decided to give some of their hard earned money towards a project that they believed in; something they thought should exist, is really great. There has been a lot written about kickstarter, how it has helped artists and entrepreneurs get projects started that would have otherwise floundered, but I think there is something more interesting at work. I feel like crowdfunding has the ability to totally upend the way that things are created, as well as the general publics relationship to those projects.

Classically, a person with an idea shops it around to investors, gets money (hopefully), designs and builds out a space, creates the notion of what the space will look like, and opens it up. Only when it opens does the public find out about it. Businesses even go so far as to block out windows, so you only get to see when something is totally done. The idea being that the process of creation tarnishes the finished product. I dont think this is true. I think that people want to be involved in the process, and that the finished product can only be improved by community input.  People want to see how the institutions they use are being built, and they want to have a hand in that building. And why not? Rather than drop an idea from the sky, why not work with the people who are going to use it to make it better? Social media, crowdfunding, these are buzzwords used to explain technological innovations; but I think they are really allowing us to change the way people interact with their world. Now we're able to involve ourselves in what we're interested in, and create the businesses and products that we believe should exist. It really is an amazing time, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Iso Rabins


We'll post pictures soon, but they wer