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AoDL Meetup
Show 'n Tell // Network // Drinks

17 August, 2012, 6.30pm-8.30pm
The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London W1F 7LW

// Line-up

- Sarah Gee, Founder, AngelShares
- Patrick Hussey, Digital Campaigns Manager, Arts&Business
- Michael Patterson, Producer/Director, PFILM, on their project 94 Elements

// Event Description

We are very happy to announce our next meetup will take place on Friday 17th August, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and the topic will be ‘Crowdfunding’.

Crowdfunding is a process where individuals, groups or organisations reach out to their audiences via their online social networks and ask for contributions towards projects. It is usually conducted through new purpose built platforms such as Kickstarter or indiegogo.

People fund a range of activities through crowdfunding; independent journalism, start-up companies, free software development, scientific research or films. More recently UK based platforms specifically for creative projects have sprung up such as; WeDidThis or WeFund and it has become a focus for those advocating new strategies for philanthropy in the Arts.

Crowdfunding requires increased transparency between an organisation and their audience. Through it you are offering a more complete understanding of your business and asking them to become involved in the nuts and bolts of what it takes to produce work. It’s a labour intensive process that requires thoughtful planning, an ability to narrativise progress and good community management.

For every AoDL event we are creating a research area on our collaborative and open wiki platform, TheKnowledge, where research topics can be explored together to stimulate and increase shared understanding. As this is an open platform we encourage those who know a bit about the theme to create an account on the wiki and edit/add content. You can also mail [masked] who will upload it for you.

The meetups are open to all and we would be delighted if you would pass this onto a friend or colleague who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The AoDL Team

**The post-social social**

We have access to the venue until 8.30pm but hey it’s a Friday night, so why stop the socialising there? For those who want to continue we’ve designated a nearby pub The Red Lion (14 Kingly Street, W1B 5PR) as our ‘after hours’ watering hole.

The AoDL meetups are presented by OpenMute in partnership with The Photographers' Gallery

About Art of Digital London

AoDL is a research programme and network that runs an online peer learning resource, regular public events, training sessions and meetings about digital strategy in culture. Over 2011 AoDL in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery ran a series of successful discussion groups building on the thematics of its founding programme of Salons & Surgeries [masked]). Including such topics as Open Archiving and IPTV, these continue to drive a collaborative research project conducted on AoDL's Wiki resource, TheKnowledge.

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  • Sarah F.

    Very informative and a very friendly group.

    August 20, 2012

  • René W.

    Brilliant meeup, interesting and well organised. Well done Caroline!

    August 18, 2012

  • Ted W.

    Congrats to the organizers, interesting range of talks about a developing approach to funding projects. Minor suggestions: Start time was supposedly 6.30, 45 mins later is a bit of a late start, few people came after about 6.50. I saw afterwards that someone there had tweeted their irritation, having rushed to be there on time. It's a good idea to ask speakers to keep mike close to chin, and to try to project to back rows rather than having quiet chat with closest rows. I thought maybe it was just my hearing, till a couple of younger guys in back row asked first speaker to speak up or hold mike closer.

    August 18, 2012

  • Simon D.

    Interesting talks, just the right length each

    August 18, 2012

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Good topic.

    August 18, 2012

  • Petra E.

    Great speakers, inspiring ideas, many things to look forward to. Thank you very much.

    August 18, 2012

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