We all have a vested interest in this one – let’s get Uwingu launched!

Independent of the November presidential election results, future funding for scientific research (especially curiosity-driven, space-related exploration, research and education) will be declining into the foreseeable future.  The drop will be steeper if sequestration is triggered in the federal budget process.  As we wring our hands and lament one another, the phrase “alternative funding approaches” repeatedly crops up in the conversation. But who or what are these?  And how do we access them?  Is there any there, there?