So this effort I read about this morning was really interesting to me and opened up an amazing portal into something going on in France to make everyone that "Someone".
|Chateau de la Mother-Chandeniers in France, a 13th century castle. I now own a piece of it.
There is an amazing 13th century castle in France that was slated for demolition and requires some pretty hefty restoration. Beyond the ability of the last owner to independently finance, he has turned to an online organization to use crowd funding to save French treasures. Think how Kickstarter has revolutionized the funding of tech products or art/film projects. Or call it "Kickstarter for History".
This is something I have proposed in a different form before at various museums only to be told that we can't go whole hog for small projects because departments are forbidden by their development offices to do small scale fundraising and the development people are focused on fat cats so wouldn't work with me (I tried at the V&A a few years ago). I was amazed at how we were able to tap into the collective with the Plimoth Jacket Project and what good things that spawned to keep high-end embroidery alive and push it into a renaissance. Why can't we do that in many places???
Read this article about how the "Kickstarter for History"called Dartagnans is offering shares in the 13th century castle that you can buy. So for about $50-75, you can own a share of a castle. That alone sounds pretty darn cool. And someday you can go visit it. They have actually raised the money already to save it - meaning buy it - now they are working on the stretch goals to get the first stabilizing work done as it hasn't had a roof for almost 80 years.
After you consider buying a share in a French Castle (don't we always dream of that!!), check out the rest of the site to see the type of historic projects that are up for funding. It is a really cool idea!
Be that "someone" today and help save our collective history. My piece of a fairytale castle is on its way already for Christmas. I will be really proud someday to visit it, even if it still stands needing a roof, knowing that we all helped keep it there for the future.