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Learning to live off the grid, one donation at a time

Crowdfunding is a relatively new term that has crashed the public vernacular in recent years. Defined on Wikipedia as “the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organization,” crowdfunding’s growing popularity comes thanks to websites like Kickstarter, which recently announced that it has helped generated pledges of $261 million to a dizzying array of causes and projects (of the 60,786 projects launched on Kickstarter, 44% have been successfully funded).

For documentary filmmaker and author Nick Rosen, Kickstarter is where he’s raising money to create “Off the Grid and on the Cloud,” a proposed series of short films based on people successfully living “off the grid,” which means “supplying your own power and water, and managing your own waste,” Rosen explained on his Kickstarter page.