Latest Research

Below you can find information on recent and upcoming talks and publications on civic crowdfunding. If you're interested in attending a talk and do not already have an invitation from the organizers, let me know.

My principal research paper is Civic Crowdfunding: Participatory Communities, Entrepreneurs and the Political Economy of Place. Here's a summary of its findings.

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Upcoming publications

  • "Four Civic Roles for Crowdfunding" in Bennett, Chin and Jones (eds.), Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society. London: Peter Lang. Under Review.
  • "How Cities Can Crowdfund: Models of Engagement" in Almirall and Cohen (eds.), Open Innovation as a Driver for Smart Cities. New York: Springer. Under Review.

Upcoming conferences and talks

  • "What does it take to crowdfund civic projects? The beginnings of an ecosystem", Microsoft Innovation Forum, Mountain View CA, November 18, 2014.

Media comments

Talks and workshops

Theory and history of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding case studies

About the CCRP

The Civic Crowdfunding Project was founded by Rodrigo Davies, a researcher and doctoral student at Stanford's Center for Work Technology and Organizations in San Francisco.

I am also a Research Affiliate at MIT's Center for Civic Media, where this project began. You can read more about my background here.

Many of the articles are cross-posted at the Center for Civic Media blog and PBS Idea Lab. If you're interested in contributing to the project, contact me.