For the city

For the city

Local authority crowdfunding initiatives provide a powerful and satisfactory method for public involvement in municipal affairs, according to a report from UK urban innovation outfit Future Cities Catapult.  “Civic crowdfunding enables a more proactive approach to citizen engagement and participation, providing an opportunity for citizens to propose, contribute to and participate in projects that reflect their own values and areas of interest,” says the Civic Crowdfunding report.

From a local authority standpoint, crowdfunding fosters more engaged and resilient communities and the projects it supports and funds are more alert to public demand, argues Future Cities Catapult. It adds that while civic crowdfunding initiatives are currently often siloed, there is an expectation that in the future crowdfunding and crowdsourcing approaches will be integrated and used more widely across organisations.

“Citizens have been expressing a desire to have a more participatory role in government decision making, particularly in the planning and budget allocation processes, says the report. “Civic crowdfunding enables a more proactive approach to citizen engagement and participation, providing an opportunity for citizens to propose, contribute to and participate in projects that reflect their own values and areas of interest.”

Future Cities Catapult has partnered with KPMG and Spacehive funding platform on the Civic Accelerator programme to promote the use of crowdfunding. The partners are working with Manchester City Council and a group of Hull-based businesses for the Our Manchester and Make Hull crowdfunding initiatives to develop a ‘repeatable approach to harnessing the power of civic crowdfunding’. 

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