"Growd": funding co-creation, from crowd to grow!
 Posted on 08/04/2014 - 13:16
Idea Outline
What if crowdfunding could be embed in an agile way to co-creation processes, hackathons and other development meetings alike? What if this sort of solution is not only open source, but also generates new communities, collaboration and Common goods?

The Challenge
Tired about how many hackathons or co-creation results vanish after people meet together? At we have been developing an open source crowdfunding tool and an open standard model for funding, with more than 1.5 million € for projects and hundreds of collaborations so far. Also recognised as top 10 digital social innovations to watch: But we're not satisfy with that yet! In parallel we care about methods and facilitation of co-creation processes with "open DNA", where diverse people, skills and goals working together for a day or more can produce copyleft powerful results and prototypes: Now, we want to smoothly connect co-creation to crowdfunding and to social impact with a couple of hacks to our tools and methods. That type of challenge!

The Solution

The idea is composed of specific improvements in the Goteo platform (and any of its derivative work of course, once back to GitHub) which will allow to improve its adaptation as a natural follow-up of co-creation processes, adopting crowdfunding when energy and creativity are high and teams can still have great impact disseminating the work they've been doing:
-Simplified form for new projects and ideas, so concept goes first
-Inclusion of feeder capital from sponsors, in order to make "cloudfunding" rock:
-Freedom to chose time for an initial round, followed by a 2nd one for reaching optimal costs
-Responsive design, for agile admin validation and publishing on the go
-Social media embed in campaigns for more noise
-Donations via mobile, twitter, telegram (2nd phase)

Target group and social impact
Many teams interested in making co-created ideas real could benefit from this. We're tired of seeing how after cool and intense hackathons or workshops many powerful ideas and solutions lose energy. At the end of such processes, at that special moment and speed, one powerful thing to do is to embrace agile and estimate costs and goals for "minimum viable versions" of half cooked software, beautiful diagrams of processes, solid prototypes, where sponsors can also jump in as multipliers. So any group of motivated developers, social "provocateurs", open data activists or cultural hackers (specially if they're mixed :) could use this for getting more support for their idea. Our target group are fresh teams with fresh ideas looking for resources to build them, and then deliver social impact.

Competences of the applicant
We design, develop and assess for open crowdfunding since 2011, keeping things done and helping communities to get multiple help from great crowds. Apart from that we have been there even before helping to co-build ideas (Bank of Common Knowledge, Tweetometro, open co-creation workshops). Our main competence is generating tools for appropriation, only if Common good is the output and design right!

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Social Category
  • Civic Empowerment and Community Engagement
  • Economic Empowerment and Prosperity
  • Knowledge Society and Education

  • Tecnology Category
  • Data
  • Open Source
  • Social Software
  • Web/Internet

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    Great idea!!! as you say is a pity that all the energy created in the hackathons is lost after the event, I hope this idea will be developed, it's a pity I can't rate it

    Un abrazo


    we believe this is a very good initiative and we're very willing to try it in the Music Hack Day we yearly organise (

    Idea Submitter


    Thank you for your interest in the model! We're working on it so maybe there could be the chance to use this approach for the Music Hack Day next year?


    Sounds very interesting! What differentiates you from Kickstarter and the likes though? Maybe you could elaborate a little on the whole opensource idea behind Goteo.

    Idea Submitter


    Sorry for the delay in answering, basically Goteo is different from Kickstarter and other similar platforms following the same standard in relation to:

    Distributed collaboration: In Goteo, apart from monetary contributions, people collaborate offering services, material resources, infrastructure or by participating in specific microtasks needed for the development of projects.

    Fostering transparency: Each project crowdfunded through Goteo must give specific details about where the money collected will go. Coupled with the two-rounds scheme, it makes even very successful campaigns responsible in their use of the extra money obtained. Furthermore, Goteo establishes a legal agreement signed by both the promoter and our organisation, which guarantees the production of archives, activities, products and services associated with the project as described in their crowdfunding campaigns.

    Trustworthy and advantageous management model: The organisation that manages Goteo is a non-profit Foundation, Fundación Fuentes Abiertas, designated as a public-interest organization and officially listed in the Register of Foundations of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (nr. 1438). This management model offers some tax-deductible benefits for both co-financers and promoters.

    Collective return, encouraging free/open culture: Goteo seeks the social return of investments and for this reason, aside from individual rewards for backers, cultural and social initiatives must contribute to the Commons. Projects that wish to be co-funded via Goteo must permit, through the use of licences, the copying, public communication, distribution, modification and/or use of part or the whole of each creation.

    Training: More than 2,000 people from cultural, social, academic, entrepreneurial, environmental and many other areas have been trained and advised through 60 workshops. We call it #learnbyfunding!

    Community of local nodes: Goteo is growing as a community of communities, a network of local, independent, inter-coordinated nodes which serve to localise the digital, contextualising it. The first one has already started in the Spanish region of the Basque country, supported by Basque government. The second one is in the region of Andalusia. The next ones to come will be in Barcelona and Nantes (France).

    Public / Private matchfunding: Goteo is a pioneer in promoting the involvement of public/private capital in the development of open culture projects, through a bottom-up process designed for the citizenship to be the measure of this support, which means a more fair process: through our calls for 'Cloudfunding capital', each euro a project receives from a person is matched by another euro from institutions within this social investment fund.

    Open source: The core code of Goteo is freely available under a GPL3 license, allowing its use as well as participatory development of the tool:


    The crowd phenomenon needs to Grow and Grow commons! We'd like to see more interaction between social entrpreneurs and the opensource world!

    Idea Submitter

    Here you can see a couple of posts addressing the issue of hackathon's results and formats as something still with a lot of room for improvements and experimentation...

    Three Problems With Civic Hackathons:

    New Hackathon Patterns That Don't Subsequently Disrupt Your Entire Life:

    What do you think?