Tag: crowdfunding

by Ekaterina Basilaia

Russia Insider has a crying Statue of Liberty on its home page. She’s weeping into her palms as black clouds or smoke billow in the background. There’s also a poster of a Russian man dubbed “the hero of our time” for fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. Some of what you see or read on Russia Insider […] more »

by Khari Johnson

The American government lies. The Russian government lies. Whichever statement you believe more, wherever you fall on that spectrum, three crowdfunding campaigns by Russian media ventures are fueled by these convictions and quickly gaining ground with their supporters this week. 1. Stop Russian propaganda Journalist Vladimir Yakovlev, founder of Kommersant.ru, has raised more than $9,000 […] more »

by Khari Johnson

Spot.Us was a first in crowdfunded journalism in the United States. For the better part of a decade the project to pioneer community-powered reporting made storytelling and accountability reporting possible for communities in California and other parts of the United States. The end of the story for the storyteller-enabling platform was announced last month by […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

For the past couple of years I’ve been thinking about how to bring the energy, potential and ambition of donation/reward crowdfunding to community development and civic engagement. I was lucky to be an early employee of Spacehive, one of the first movers in the space; I put together the first study of the field (with […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign came to a close recently after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, timing and tenacity. There are a million things you can’t control; good and bad surprises abound. And yet, over the last month the […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

At the Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this week some colleagues and I gave a panel titled Towards Government 2.0: Open Data and Innovation through Cross-Sector Collaboration. We talked about open data, building better and more open government services, and how to foster civic collaboration across sectors. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Recently I came across a fundraising campaign by a consortium of non-profits in the US earlier this year to raise money over a short period of time. Participating organizations were ranked in a public ranking, and competed for prizes based on the amount they raised and the number of donors they attracted. A running total […] more »

by Christian Fahrenbach

At first it seems like a playful (and mildly insulting) term, but the cause is serious: German project “Krautreporter” aims to be the country’s biggest crowdfunding campaign in journalism ever. The funding phase has now been running for three weeks. The goal is to find 15,000 people who commit to paying 60 Euros ($80) a […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

I’m capping two years of studying the emergence of civic crowdfunding by submitting my master’s thesis to the MIT archives. Great thanks are due to the wonderful collaborators I’ve had the privilege of working with. I won’t name everyone here, but all of you folks will find your names in the Acknowledgments section. You can […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

There’s a tradition in Peru called the pollada – literally, a chicken party. These parties perform a very important social function. Say I’m about to have a child and I’m worried about how I’m going to pay education or health care bills. I hold a pollada to raise money by inviting friends and family around […] more »