Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance

By Mark Davis and Bruce Davis

Published

Nov 1, 2021

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529216738

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 1, 2021

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529216745

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance

Do you know where your money is? More importantly, do you know what your money is doing?

Most of us feel confident that we know what money is. But few of us feel confident in taking responsibility for what our money does. We hand over the power of money to banks and mainstream finance with real, often damaging consequences for people and planet.

A unique collaboration between an academic and a practitioner, this book tells the story of money from ancient Athens to the Bitcoin revolution to explain how crowdfunding is the way for people to reclaim the power of their money in pursuit of a fairer and greener society.

Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds.

Bruce Davis is Cofounder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment.

Introduction: The Change in Your Pocket

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding and the Growth of Democracy

Ways of Seeing Crowdfunding

Ten Provocations of Crowdfunding

Conclusion: Towards Democratic Finance?