Lately we’ve been getting into all sorts of trouble.
We recognized early on that this was a project with more energy than anything we had really ever seen. And to reach our fundraising goal in just 5 short days, that was nothing short of exhilarating. The largest sum we had previously raised for one cause was $5’000, RoboCop was 10x that.
As it stands we have raised over $64’000 and have upwards of 2’500 individual backers.
It hasn’t been all sunshine and unicorns though. Detroit is a rather binary city. And not everyone likes RoboCop.
There has been a lot of very productive discussion around RoboCop, even if it doesn’t have much to to with the statue itself. There has also been a lot of unproductive discussion. I will take a moment to describe unproductive discussion: 1) any question that has been answered by members of the Imagination Station team a number of times but is asked repeatedly only because the questioner does not agree with the answer given. 2) Good-Old-Fashioned name-calling, which has come in the form of Facebook posts and the occasional aggressive text message. Which, hey guys, p.s. I *do* get a warm, fuzzy, safe feeling when I see the police and if *that* continues I just want you to know that I am ALL ABOUT restraining orders. :)
I’m not going to spend much more time on that other than to say if you have something to say, please, please call me 734-552-2438.
What I feel has been terribly valuable about RoboCop is the learning experience that we have had on how to handle something with such a meteoric energy behind it.
One of our *prime directives* at LOVELAND is creating easy ways for people to post and fund projects that they care about. We’ve started a geographically based payment platform as one of the features of Living In The Map.
And we are continuing to build on those ideas and features. One of the most important things that we know about crowd-source fundraising that has only been driven home by the RoboCop project is that in order to succeed, a project has to be interesting.
Part of creating that interest is building a straight forward model that persuades people to care about a project. Finding that spot between super-fun and super-serious is difficult, but we’re working on it.
What we ultimately want to see out of RoboCop is the harnessing of all of that (go ahead admit it) international attention and have it focused on to Detroit in a way that highlights all the positive that is going on.
I mean you can think of RoboCop as a joke, if you want to. But the way I see it is even if you see all of this as a joke. EMBRACE it! Make it your own. Mayor Bing, sit down with Peter Weller and invite him into your city, or hell, put him on the “no fly” list.
But nothing is gained by fighting your neighbors.
I’m going to sign off with something Robo-Positive and light-hearted. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Peter Weller: