In this CHI Conference paper by Light and Briggs, the authors look at how crowdfunding platforms are being leveraged to redesign society by promoting environmental and social sustainability. The study explores this question by focusing on four popular crowdfunding initiatives in the UK (The Trillion Fund, Crowdfunder, Patchwork Present and Newcastle City Council’s P2P lending platform with Funding Circle).

Light and Briggs reveal how platform owners are experimenting to restructure people’s socio-economic relationships through payments, ask in which way platforms might be seen to shape communities, and suggest some design considerations for crowdfunding platforms seeking to influence societal behaviour.