Event: Crowdfunding: Trends in the Sharing Economy

Please join us for this special discussion on December 12 at Burning Man Headquarters!

Crowdfunding: Trends in the Sharing Economy

The crowd at Distrikt, 2013 (photo by Jared Mechaber)
The crowd at Distrikt, 2013 (photo by Jared Mechaber)

The sharing economy is taking off – whether it’s peer-to-peer rentals, skill sharing, crowdfunding, ridesharing or unused parking spots. Spawned by a confluence of the economic crisis, environmental concerns, and the social web coming of age, the sharing economy is quickly becoming the hottest trend in economic paradigms.

We in the Burning Man community are particularly interested in the dynamics and the future of the sharing economy, since it reflects our principles of gifting, communal effort, civic responsibility and decommodification.

Please join us for a panel discussion focused specifically on the future of crowdfunding, one of the fastest-developing areas in the sharing economy. We will explore the role it plays in creative community development, and how it’s being applied to entrepreneurial endeavors in the form of spaces (local real estate) and support for small businesses (micro loans).

When: December 12, 7-9pm
Where: Burning Man HQ
Address: 660 Alabama Street, San Francisco

Panelists:
Daniel Miller, Fundrise
Harry Pottash, Kiva
Kate Drane, Indiegogo

Moderator:
Will Chase, Burning Man Project

Please RSVP to attend.

This program is part of an ongoing series of events produced as part of the non-profit Burning Man Project’s Educational Program, supporting its cultural, philosophical and educational initiatives around the world. For information about past or upcoming events, or to propose one, click here.

4 thoughts on “Event: Crowdfunding: Trends in the Sharing Economy

  • Hi BMLLC, HQ, Larry, The Project – whoever is running the show now. Ever consider web casting or recording these discussions for people and monkeys who don’t happen to live in San Fran but are still trying to understand your thought process?

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  • Man, I wish I saw this post a few days ago! I hope your event went really well. I actually just launched a campaign for a deck of steampunk playing cards 3 days ago on Kickstarter (I was considering Indiegogo). Anyway it would have been interesting to hear some thoughts on how effective crowdfunding is for offbeat projects vs. things that appeal to the mainstream. For example, I’m offering decks of cards as rewards, but I’m also offering steampunk goggles as rewards (the deck is designed around the goggles). I found that we had a nice rally for a couple of days, but now it’s starting to flatten out. I’d be curious what people do to break through this plateau. That said, I’ve gotten lots of advice from some extremely helpful people in the community with ideas. I will say that the community at these sharing-economy websites is extremely helpful. Everyone wants to help you to succeed if they like what you’re doing — it’s amazing.

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