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The purpose of this learning module is to help instructors consider how crowdfunding can serve as a meaningful way to build culturally rich, entrepreneurial projects. Such projects — which include film, music, publications, video and board games, art, performance, and technology — invite amateurs to not only articulate their vision of the world, but to ask others to participate in it, telling their story publicly in such a way that their network feels compelled to support them. While the obvious value of crowdfunding is that it financially supports the work of creators, it also uses the exigence of capital to lead communities into forms of mutual aid where their identities or needs are represented through a creative process and a final product.



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Arts and Humanities | Business


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The production of this teaching resource was supported by the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership's 2023 Summer Teaching Fellow program.

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