Every Citizen a Carnegie, Rockefeller or Oprah
How can citizens get the public projects and services they want at a time when government has no way to pay for them? Historically this has been the work of “traditional” philanthropists. Great men and women like Carnegie, Rockefeller and Oprah who helped build today’s great American cities.
Philanthropic giving differentiates itself from other forms of giving in that it is big, public and tangible. Up until recently, you had to be worth millions of dollars to make these types of gifts. But today, we are seeing the rise of the micro-philanthropist.
Digital tools are empowering average citizens to crowdsource and crowdfund philanthropic gifts that are big, public and tangible. Today, any citizen can be a modern-day Carnegie, Rockefeller or Oprah. In this talk, I will highlight the incredible things micro-philanthropists are building, outline the impact this trend will have on the future of cities, and answer questions about the impact this trend has on government and citizenship
- How do you sell citizens on the idea of investing in their community when most citizens feel as if they already pay too much in taxes?
- How is technology being used to make micro-philanthropy a habit?
- Many public projects are massive in scale. Will crowdfunding of public projects be limited to community gardens and bike racks, or can it be used to build bridges and parks?
- Is this trend of citizens funding public projects new? Aren’t taxes a form of crowdfunding?
- Traditional philanthropists still play the leading role in funding many of these public goods. Will that trend continue? How will the role of traditional philanthropists change?
- Jordan Raynor Citizinvestor
Jordan Raynor Citizinvestor
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