Civic crowdfunding: how do offline communities engage online?

Stiver, Alexandra; Barroca, Leonor; Petre, Marian; Richards, Michael and Roberts, Dave (2015). Civic crowdfunding: how do offline communities engage online? In: Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, ACM, pp. 37–45.



Civic crowdfunding is a sub-type of crowdfunding whereby citizens contribute to funding community-based projects ranging from physical structures to amenities. Though civic crowdfunding has great potential for impact, it remains a developing field in terms of project success and widespread adoption. To explore how technology shapes interactions and outcomes within civic projects, our research addresses two interrelated questions: how do offline communities engage online across civic crowdfunding projects, and, what purpose does this activity serve both projects and communities? These questions are explored through discussion of types of offline communities and description of online activity across civic crowdfunding projects. We conclude by considering the implications of this knowledge for civic crowdfunding and its continued research.

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