MoneyLab considers interventions in and experiments with digital economy. MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization.
New York Times: ‘Three years of Kickstarter’ – a start in researching crowdfunding dynamics
Creative and community projects turn to crowdfunding as a promising model of financing. The hype around this movement is generated by success stories of projects raising hundreds of thousands of euros, as well as the growing number of crowdfunding platforms on a local and international level. Nevertheless, building a successful campaign can be as challenging [...]
Out now – Disrupting Business: art and activism in times of financial crisis
The book represents the 5th and latest release of the DATA Browser series and tackles the interconnections between art, activism and the business concept of disruptive innovation. With a backdrop of the crisis of financial capitalism, austerity cuts in the cultural sphere, the idea is to focus on potential art strategies in relation to a [...]
The Institute of Network Cultures presents: MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives
Over the past few years, while the economic downturn endures and budget cuts prevail, we have witnessed the emergence and rise of alternative payment systems and revenue models in digital media. Online bartering sites, a plethora of crowdfunding platforms, new forms of valuation, e-wallets and crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, are but a few examples. These coincide with the huge growth [...]
Crowdfunding: Redistributing Wealth or Monetizing Social Relations?
Renee Ridgway is an Amsterdam-based artist, freelance curator and writer. She recently published an incisive article on crowdfunding that goes under two different titles. In Data Browser 05: Disrupting Business, it takes disguise as the question of “Crowdfunding – monetizing the crowd?”. Given that 75% of that crowd statistically consists of one’s personal social network, things [...]
MoneyLab at transmediale festival, Berlin
MoneyLab traveled at the transmediale Festival, Berlin. Coming soon with a full conference of its own on March 21-22, Amsterdam!
Bitcoin Explained (Daniel Forrester & Mark Solomon) – a review
‘Bitcoin Explained – Today’s Complete Guide to Tomorrow’s Currency’ is a quick and easy way to get started on some basic information about what Bitcoin is and how it works. The authors go through several crucial matters which are explained in a familiar way to people who have had some sort of experience with economy [...]
The Social Coin that tracks and measures good actions
It seems like the “pay it forward” idea just got monetized by the new currency development entitled Social Coin. It goes even further than that – the coin is encoded, which makes it easy to track and visualize how far it has travelled in the process of good-doing. Social Coin is the initiative of a [...]
Sign up for a crowdfunding workshop at the MoneyLab event on Friday the 21st of March!
Are you interested in crowdfunding and want to learn more about it so that you can apply the knowledge to your project? Then sign up for a crowdfunding workshop at the MoneyLab conference! Karim Maarek from teach2fish will be teaching you how to create a crowdfunding project and ultimately how to pitch it. Workshops are [...]
Sneak preview of MoneyLab for 1st year students
In a short break from organizing the MoneyLab conference (that’s up next month!)… … we’re introducing new students to crowdfunding! This presentation was held for the 1st year students in Communication, Multimedia and Design at the University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam. They are currently studying research methods and applying them to the topic of alternative [...]
Have YOU used crowdfunding? We need your input!
We are looking for people / collectives that have used crowdfunding to finance their projects, initiatives, businesses etc. Are you one? Then kindly give us your valuable input by filling out this survey: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_23lxjoHHmnEWn09 The survey takes 10-15 minutes, has 14 questions and is anonymous. It is not relevant whether the crowdfunding campaign was successful or [...]