A group of inmates in Polk County, Georgia, are being praised after they helped save a correctional officer who passed out during a work detail.
“On Monday morning one of our Detail Officers passed out while providing security for his detail on the job site and all six inmates took action to render aid by grabbing his work phone and calling 911 to get EMS and Officers on the scene,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office wrote.
Crowdfunding isn’t fatigued — it’s growing up. For years platforms like Kickstarter have made it possible for projects to be funded directly by friends, fans, and other communities. In return those backers often received rewards, a token that symbolizes their generosity and belief in the project. The backers of crowdfunded projects also assume a lot of risk, sometimes losing all their money in exchange for nothing if a successful crowdfunding campaign project is later cancelled. But even as some crowdfunded projects have gone on to become hugely successful products, would-be future backers are starting to realize that their early contributions could be investments.
Imagine if you could pool all the potential money that could be raised through crowdfunding. It’s more or less a finite resource because, understandably, most folks will only ever give so much of their own money away. So as the number of crowdfunded projects pile on, this pool slowly begins to drain. The problem with crowdfunding is a sustainability problem.
Emerging from the decline of crowdfunding is the prospect of “crowdpublishing.” Loosely defined, it’s where fans of projects also get the option to become investors, choosing the projects they want to support, much like traditional publishers, and then sharing in the revenues from market performance. And while the risk is still there if a project were to later be cancelled, the reward potential far outweighs the token promises of a typical crowdfunded campaign. This process also allows for new funds to be reintroduced into the crowdfunding pool.
The video game industry is ahead of the curve
There’s no denying the stomach-churning drop in the amount of money pledged on Kickstarter for video game projects in 2016. Last year’s haul of $16.2 million was down 61 percent from the year before, a five-year low for the video games category. An analysis from Thomas Bidaux of ICO Partners attributed the decline to the absence of large video game projects on the platform.
So what is going on here?
Two examples of current Kickstarter projects that may prove to be the proverbial canaries in the coal mine for the impending industry wide change are Apocalypse Now and Banner Saga 3. Both of these titles have a lot going for them: each has a highly experienced development team, proven franchises, gorgeous artwork and seriously fan-approved gameplay.
With Apocalypse Now, the campaign had the added benefit of being featured on the front page of Kickstarter, along with full endorsement from the movie’s legendary director, Francis Ford Coppola. Three weeks into the anemic campaign, developers pulled the plug on Feb. 14, opting instead to appeal directly to investors.
And the campaign for Banner Saga 3, while successfully completed, raised a little under $417,000—about 42 percent less than what its developer, Stoic, raised five years ago for the original Banner Saga.
The steep decline of funding on Kickstarter, along with the recent struggles of these two top tier titles, underscores the change in the relationship between fans and the titles. While previously it was enough for fans to receive a token of appreciation from the game developers – like early access, a copy of the game, or in-game perks – now that this model of fundraising has proved successful, fans want in on the real rewards: revenue.
The Jumpstart Our Business Act, or JOBS Act, changed everything
Until recently, this option wasn’t open to average game fans. You had to be a relatively wealthy…
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Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile vegetables that can be incorporated numerous ways to fit your diet.
Classically, you are accustomed to the orange looking varieties, but did you know that White sweet potatoes also exist? These sweet potatoes can offer you a unique spin on a tried classic, bringing new flavours to the table along with nutritional offerings!
Some Brief History about White Sweet Potato
Even though sweet potatoes are available throughout the world today, its origins can be traced back to Central America 5000 years ago, and South America as far back as 8000 years. It was actually first documented during Christopher Columbus’ voyages to the Americas in 1492, following which it was introduced to Europe.
Today, it is effectively grown in Tropical and temperate regions, as long as there is adequate water supply.
The Nutrients of White Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are best known for their high Vitamin A content, along with slower digesting carbohydrates and starches, which make them favorable for regulating blood sugar 1.
Below is a more detailed nutritional profile of white sweet potatoes (per 100g serving):
3.3 g dietary fiber
2 g protein
25% DV Manganese
384% DV Vitamin A (as the provitamin so toxicity is low)
33% DV Vitamin C
14% DV PotassiumWhite sweet potatoes also contain a battery of accessory nutrients, ranging from B vitamins to rarer trace minerals, such as copper. More interesting, however, is the presence of a unique type of starch, known as resistant starch (more in a bit).
The Remarkable Health Benefits of White Sweet Potato
Not only does the white sweet potato make an awesome tasting meal, but it also offers numerous benefits on health, including:
Blood Glucose Regulation
Though many people associate starchy foods with increasing blood sugar, the high fiber content of white sweet potatoes slow digestion and the conversion and absorption of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.
This challenge found on Lifehack, is a simplistic way to start or increase your savings. According to the article, you’re able to adapt it to your needs. It goes into detail as to how you go about the program, and with its basic nature, it can be applied at any time. After all, small steps lead to big progression, as stated in the article itself.
Do you find it hard to save money? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 62% of Americans have under $1000 in savings.1 This can be disconcerting when we think about the future – buying a house, car, or even much-needed holidays – our desire to be successful in saving money is important to our peace of mind and security. But could there be a simple and easy way to encourage our saving habits?
What is the 52-Week Money Challenge?
A new concept has become increasingly popular that does just that – the 52-week money challenge.
The idea is to focus on each week, starting small, and gradually building up the amount of money you save. It’s not only consistent, but it takes away the pressure of taking big chunks of income each month which, let’s face it, never feels great. Intrigued? This is how it works.
You start by saving just $1 in week 1. The next week it’s $2, the third week it’s $3 and so on. The idea is that by week 52 when you’ve saved $52 in that weekly period, you will have amassed $1,378.
What Are the Pros and Cons?
The best thing about this 52-week money challenge is anyone can do it. It’s doable and you can adapt it to your needs.
For example, you can reverse the process by saving $52 in week 1 and working backwards. This is particularly beneficial for people worried about having to put away $52 during the end of the year holidays.
You could even mix the amounts up according to how much or how little you have each week, making smaller contributions when the purse strings are tighter or choose a higher amount when you can afford more. Either way, it’s a solid, simple way to save up a sizeable chunk.
There are potential cons to this challenge. One is that it can…