endeavor : an attempt to achieve a goal; earnest and industrious effort, especially when sustained over a period of time; an enterprise or undertaking
I’d like to welcome everybody and provide an introduction.
Right now, the year is 2014. Up until this moment throughout ‘modern’ civilization, we’ve struggled amongst society to penetrate through the economic discourse of our own devices and fuel innovation by actively participating in it ourselves alongside those working on the frontiers of our ignorance.
Citizen science is essentially rebranded or evolved activism, and it’s come a long way since the advent of the globally-connected wireless force of influence we call ‘the internet’. We’ve watched online activism take shape, assemble, and thrive in real-time on Twitter during Arab Spring. Just as quickly, we’ve watched viral smear campaigns become snuffed out just as fast as they’ve begun. Human society has entered an age where information - even the wrong kind - can spread, infiltrating homes and mobile devices, plaguing scientifically illiterate minds and confusing the masses regarding reality and the way society even functions.
However, just as in biological or cosmological evolution, entropy, when properly recognized, can be guided in a way where the outcome is beneficial for all. Carl Sagan once asserted, “if you wait long enough, everything changes;" which brings me to the present moment. We’re hungry for information, thirsty for the truth, and starving for transparency in an age where we so desperately need it the most amidst a growing population where new minds and voices are coming online every day.
One of us knows at least someone - other than ourselves - that have aided in scientific research, or attempted, at least. From charity baskets, door-to-door donations, online/sidewalk fundraising campaigns, walks/runs and triathlons for illnesses or disorders, we all have an innate desire to help our fellow brothers and sisters.
Aid. Cures. Progress. None of it happens without the research to propel it forward.
We all know that we want to assist in solving problems. And realistically, we understand that they won’t be solved today. Or tomorrow. But someday. And having the peace of mind that we supported this/that effort in someway, provides us hope in humanity and strengthens our resolve to remain confident regarding a future we realize may be beyond our time.
Now, there’s a network which embodies human curiosity and ingenuity never before put forward. It’s called Endeavorist.
From biochemistry to astrophysics, Endeavorist provides a platform for researchers to put their work in progress on display, communicate its importance, and launch a ‘Research Campaign' to have it funded. Adversely, 'Grants' and 'Grant Campaigns' - features unique to Endeavorist - drive innovation by the public at large (or another researcher) by essentially placing a bounty on the research either not yet explored, or which hasn’t been given the attention or support you feel it deserves and you’d like to see flourish.
Endeavorist is the world’s first curiosity network, meaning, it belongs to the world. We’ve long been held back by bureaucratic, commercial, industrial, and often institutionalized interests that scarcely reflect the passions of the researchers themselves. We’re overdue for an upgrade on how we connect the science of tomorrow with the researchers of today.
I invite you all to discover Endeavorist, because it’s what we’ve deserved all along. This is a small step for citizen science, but a giant leap for the advancement of scientific research.