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COMMUNITY FUNDING
May 12th

COMMUNITY SHARES, U.K.
Community shares are an increasingly popular form of capital for enterprises serving a community purpose such as shops, pubs, community buildings, renewable energy initiatives and local food schemes. Jim Brown, consultant and Strategic Adviser to the UK Government’s Community Shares Unit, will outline progress with these shares and discuss the Microgenius crowdfunding platform (www.microgenius.org.uk) which the Unit uses for brokering community share offers.

ioby CROWD-RESOURCING, NEW YORK, USA
Erin Barnes, co-founder and Executive Director of Brooklyn-based ioby (derived from the positive opposite of NIMBY) will talk about the crowd-resourcing platform that facilitates a mix of crowdfunding and resource organizing – local people help get neighborhood projects off the ground with money, volunteer time and connections. She will also talk about the potential (and limits) of crowd-resourcing and about what makes for successful campaigns and projects.

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