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Omaha Soup: Community and Crowdfunding

  • Hot Shops Art Center 1301 Nicholas Street Omaha, NE, 68102 United States (map)

BASIC PREMISE
A neighborhood/city/community-based crowdfunding dinner.
• 4 pre-selected projects have four minutes to share their idea and answer 4 questions from the diners.
• The projects can be about ANYTHING! No restrictions. 

THE ONLY TWO RULES OF SOUP
1 Presenters can’t use technology to present their ideas.
2 The idea has be to be about within Omaha.

DINNER
Potluck-style (for our friends that don’t use that word, that means everyone is encouraged to bring food for all to share). To attract diners, we give food-makers 60 seconds after the presentations to share anything they are working on in the community (events, questions, projects, businesses, etc).

DOOR PRICE
$5 suggested donation.
Why? SOUP wishes to eliminate barriers to participants, so some throw in $20 while others $0.20

WHAT WE WANT TO DO
• Empower residents
• Help create jobs• Allow people to establish new relationships and networks
• Promote action and change
• Foster critical dialogue
• Instill neighborhood pride
• Provide a deeper understanding of democracy

GOAL
The winner goes home with the money raised at the door. Attendees have engaged and participated alongside other people who share in the desire for a better Omaha. Diners have shared resources and ideas with all presenters. Connections have been made. Conversations have been had. People have felt empowered.

SOUP PHILOSOPHY
SOUP is a place for people to gather and to feel safe. Omaha SOUP is not the granter of the funds. Our job is to plan a dinner that creates an environment where participants can vote on what project wins the money from door. Each individual who walks through the door is agreeing to grant the money to the project they think is most deserving through democracy and critical conversation. We then ask past winners to come back in a few months to share with the community what they did with the money.
That’s it.

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