The closest I’ve ever come to “crowdfunding” something was asking a room to tip generously. But I’m told that web 2.0 and the “sharing economy” have revolutionized the process of funding theme camps and art for Burning Man.
Granted, we live in a time when “revolutionized” can apply to the way people shop for car insurance, so the word doesn’t mean what it used to. But the number of successful camps and cars at this year’s Burning Man that used Kickstarter or another crowdfunding platform couldn’t be ignored.
And why should they be ignored? These are all volunteers trying to create amazing things for the community’s enjoyment: anything that makes their lives easier is all for the good.
But let’s play Indiegogo show-and-tell and see if something comes up, like a body floating to the surface.
Most of the premiums offered for supporting projects the Burn are of the “have a t-shirt!” or “get a piece of the art for your home when we’re finished” variety, and there’s really nothing to see here.
But when you reach the upper echelon of donations, a different kind of premium reward often emerges. Can you spot the pattern? Read more »