We are creating an alternative economy of non-paid labour. While this encompasses existing volunteer and pro-bono work, we are also bringing a third category of unpaid work further into the mainstream: the collaboration models of projects like Wikipedia and Open Source Software.

Our product is an engaged citizen. Modern online projects have developed extremely sophisticated and effective communications and incentivizing techniques: our goal is to create a place where traditional community organizations and a new generation of volunteers use these tools together. The end result will not only be a more capable non-profit sector, it will also be a new volunteer population with honed collaboration skills, work-related experience, and a willingness to engage with problems and new opportunities in their cities.

Put plainly: there is a pool of young, talented people who are not actively donating time to causes they believe in. There is a desire, but the avenues of engagement are inadequate. We are in the process of correcting this using the tools of that generation.


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Vancouver's Events Sites: I'm a Fan
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Urbantastic Pays it Forward
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Urbantastic retreats to their cocoon
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LPV5 Startup Contest Winners Announced
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Urbantastic on the scene at Launch Party
Urbantastic showed off its urban event search site at Launch Party in downtown Vancouver on Thursday night.Not sure what you'd like to do (well, maybe not tonight. You're at LPV5, aren't you)?... more
LPV5 Presenting Startups Announced
As a media sponsor of Launch Party Vancouver (LPV5) this week, I've been given a sneak peak at the six startups that will be demoing live on Thursday night. These lucky six below will also have the... more

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