“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Why I continue to keep giving to IxDA

Most people who come to this blog know that I’m one of the founders of the Interaction Design Association. I was one of many people who helped start probably one of the best design organizations I have claimed an identity or relationshiop to. IxDA has done and continues to do so much for me.

At this time, IxDA has just announced a fundraiser for this week. The main purpose of the fundraiser is to support IxDA’s efforts of building a remarkable virtual community of practice. The bold initiative conceived at the very first leadership retreat in September 2005 is now rightly timed to take off.

The current incarnation of the web site is a stepping stone in that vision where the web site and discussion list converge into a knowledge & community space that brings value to the entire community. But this version is already getting old and doesn’t fulfill the needs of the organization.

So we have a design team and a plan for implementation, but because of the infrastructure needed to successfully build out this vision we need money to push the initative past what can be accomplished by well-meaning volunteers and finally hire a robust and talented team to bring the vision into being.

So that’s where you come in. Just click the badge to the left or right on my blog (depending on what page you’re viewing it on) and give a little. We have a bold goal of reaching $30k, but I think given the large numbers of people who claim they support IxDA, we should be able to hit our numbers easily.

But why?

Ok, that’s the sales pitch. But why IxDA? Why give money? Why at all?

For me it is my community. It is so much a part of who I am, but for most I am pretty certain it is not, so I’ll try to express what I hope it is for you.

1) It is one of the best sources of information on interaction design. Act (or now search) and you will get some of the best answers anywhere.

2) Pushing boundaries, inspiring, and defining — All this happening in this organization. People are taking what we’ve learned from IxD of software and applying it and mixing it up with other disciplines and practices, thus designing the behaviors of systems, eco-systems, and services that go far beyond the graphical user interface. Some of these solutions are quite inspiring. Finally offering clarity about the complex and fuzzy nature of what we do.

Anyway, that’s what I see and I hope you see value in this organization & community to just give a little! I know I did! AGAIN!

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