What is crowd service?

By now most of us are familiar with the term crowd-funding. This is when many people band together to donate in small amounts to raise a substantial amount of money. Sites such as Gofundme, Kickstarter, and others have carved a niche to provide the technology and the users have taken ahold of the idea and have run with it.

The only new thing about crowd-funding is the technology. People have been donating funds in small amounts for a long time through physical mail campaigns or in a plate within a church.

Crowd-service is similar to the crowd-funding approach where many people can give in small amounts with the faith that it will all add up to tell a great story.

2017 brought many examples of when neighbors and communities united to help each other. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the sixth largest metropolitan area within the United States. Government officials and nonprofits alike knew that they were going to have a lot of work in the near future, however they did not prepare for a storm such as this.

With no formal infrastructure in place neighbors helped their neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Neighbors, volunteers, and cause organizations spontaneously coordinated relief efforts and helped each other. This is the essence of crowd-service. When our neighbors are in need we know that it is not someone else’s job to help them. It is our job.

Economists call it spontaneous order. It is the same principle that drives share economies such as Uber and Air B&B. ARISE empowers users to exchange voluntarily, measure effectiveness, and make decisions based on what works best for those in need.  

Neighbors helping neighbors is not a new concept just as donating small amounts of money wasn’t. The most used apps within on our phones are a result of technical innovation to facilitate our daily lives. Social networking is a great technical achievement sure, however didn’t people meet up and discuss topics before these platforms existed?

ARISE is a platform specifically designed to facilitate crowd-service (read about the platform in the Manifesto). The apps are designed to:

  • Draw attention to local causes
  • Empower 'Start-Up' cause organizations by providing free technology  
  • Pivot quickly to address the issues of the day – not waiting for a vote or budget cycle  
  • Show the world what individuals, cause organizations, churches, and businesses are doing to make an impact

Now when an emergency (such as Hurricane Harvey) occurs within our community people can turn to ARISE to help facilitate these interactions. What’s more is that they can then evaluate each nonprofit to see who is really doing the most work within their community.

It is important to note that ARISE can be used more as a daily app within our communities. Each community has needs and they can vary. The needs of the people in Baltimore can be very different from the needs of those in rural Montana. The platform is flexible and can be used to address issues such as hunger, events coordination, or to offer winter jackets.

ARISE seeks to change the way people view the social safety net by building a share economy dedicated to needs within our communities. To get involved download the app today in Google Play.