All over the world, people – with or without individual wealth – are taking philanthropy into their hands, acting collectively and generating support for important work that might not otherwise find funding through traditional channels. Giving circles – an old idea – are cropping up everywhere in diverse new forms.
Platforms and tools for sharing goods and service are laying the groundwork for a new, fairer economy. The next frontier for this shareable economy is the collaborative distribution of financial capital itself. With the success of Kickstarter and the rise of hundreds of distinct platforms, crowdfunding is now a readily available method for generating the resources needed for many creative and social change endeavors.