Check out our curated Weekly RoundUP of the breaking news and must-read thought leadership pieces on the crowd economy spotted by the Crowdsourcing Week team.

How crowdsourcing is preserving the wilderness

Read the story of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to buy a patch of land in Michigan State, preserving it from commercial development.

“The natural resources found in the community forest are very unique and have a high quality as far as maintaining the biological diversity,” said Whitaker. “We have habitats for rare and endangered species. For example, we have habitats for the grey wolf, moose, black bear, pine martens, also raptor species like bald eagles and peregrine falcons and things like that.” Not only is the land valuable for the animals that live there, but the local community relies on it for recreation and tourism. Outdoor enthusiasts from all over come to the Yellow Dog Watershed to hunt, fish, ski, and do some white water kayaking, among other things.

Jon Jones is crowdsourcing his tactics for the UFC 197 rematch

Any idea how to help Jon Jones win against Daniel Cormier?! Check the call out strategy or tactics you want to share with him, go over Jon’s twitter, he is waiting for your responses.

Jon Jones will rematch Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 in an attempt to regain the light heavyweight championship that was stripped from him for outside-the-cage actions. An added bonus is the chance to once again prove his superiority to his biggest rival. He’s not willing to follow the same approach as the first bout, which took place at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, and has used Twitter to ask fans for their thoughts on strategy. “If you were me, what would be your ideas, tactics ,strategy going into this fight against DC?” Jones asked.

How crowdfunding is expanding the world of real estate investing

Crowdfunding is no longer being associated with just tech startups. Take a look at this article to see how many more companies are trying to expand the world of real estate investing through crowdfunding.

“It’s opening up real estate to smaller retail investors,” said Josh Klimkiewicz, whose Boston-based firm, Acquire Real Estate LLC, put together the crowdfunding deal for the Avon warehouse. “Crowdfunding is going to be part of the future.” And why not? Commercial real estate in particular has produced strong returns, significantly outperforming US stocks even during the bull market of the past few years. Companies that offer crowdfunding opportunities to those wealthier investors don’t have to have those offerings registered and reviewed by the SEC, while those soliciting money from nonaccredited investors do. Fundrise solicits from either type, so long as the investor can afford the minimum $1,000 investment.

Katipult partners with Mangopay to enter the UK crowdfunding market

This story shares details of Katipult, a crowdfunding software provider based in Canada, partnering with Paris-based Mangopay on white label crowdfunding software in UK.

“This is a game-changing relationship for the UK Investment crowdfunding market. We’re bringing a product to the UK market that benefits everyone from investors to issuers as well as regulators, by creating a high standard for industry confidence. We’re acting as technology partners and building an ecosystem to help firms create portals to grow their investor networks and efficiently manage them.”

Knog’s “Oi” bike bell raises $1 million using Kickstarter

Melbourne bike accessory business Knog has reached the million dollar mark, $ 1,078, 634 on Kickstarter to crowdfund its bike bell. Here is how.

Crowdfunding is mainly used by new businesses to raise cash and Davidson admits there were “a few raised eyebrows” when Knog, a business which turns over $15 million a year and sells to 65 countries around the world, got on board. “It did cause some confusion in the Kickstarter community as to why Knog would use crowdfunding,” he says. “For us it was about market awareness and an innovative way to launch a product.” Davidson hopes the Oi bell campaign has raised awareness about the benefits of crowdfunding for existing businesses as well as startups.

Russia seeks crowdfunding for a unique self-destructing satellite

Young engineers from Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to assemble a unique self-destructing satellite. See what is so unique about it?

A Moscow-based team of physicists and engineers has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $45,000 required to assemble a unique satellite, which will shine brighter than most stars and leave no space debris once it stops operating. “We want to tell not only Russia, but the whole world about our project,” he said. “Mayak, positioned in the polar orbit [passing above both poles of the Earth] will fly… over London and Paris, San Francisco and New York, Johannesburg and Beijing,” Shaenko said. As the Mayak project is implemented by enthusiasts via crowdfunding, all project data (3D models, drawings, electrical schemes, source code, test programs and test results) will be published for open access.”

Kuvee raises $6 million on Indiegogo for its ‘internet connected wine bottle’

Who would not want a bottle of wine with wi-fi in it? Kuvee, a start-up based in Boston, has managed to develop a ‘smart bottle’ with a touchscreen through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. See how this wine bottle works.

A wine bottle with built-in wi-fi has raised over $6 million (£4 million) on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The bottle has an LCD touchscreen where the label would be and a lithium ion battery built into it. It’s being made by Kuvée, a start-up based in Boston that says it can keep a bottle of wine fresh for 30 days. In order to use it, you have to insert a regular bottle of wine into the 750ml Kuvée bottle. It then prevents oxygen from getting inside the liquid and spoiling it. You can also order new wine directly from the touchscreen and read pairing notes about what to drink it with. It’ll also recommend other bottles of wine you might like – presumably because it thinks you’re no good at picking yourself.

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There are many fantastic stories out there. What else caught your eye this week? Did you come across some breaking news or a good thought piece? Do share them with us…