I just ran across Kickstarter, and it's brilliant. Go look. Now.
They also have a blog.
Basic idea: provide a "funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, exploreres..." that lets said creative folks offer up a concept, solicit contributions, and if a threshold amount is achieved, launch the project. There are some great (and some greatly kooky) projects at Kickstarter!
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