View Full Version : Could crowdfunding help set science priorities?

11-11-2013, 07:44 AM
The Guardian published an interesting article about how science priorities are set, and suggested that crowdfunding could play a part. Is it more effective to focus on what the population care about, or would this miss important aspects because of a lack of scientific knowledge?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Read the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/nov/11/science-research-funding-crowdfunding-excellence?CMP=twt_gu

Lelocks Trent
11-12-2013, 08:40 PM
Yep, this is how I see things going as well. It's like voting with dollars. True democracy within the marketplace. The most important projects will get funded while the not so important ones will not.

Now only if the Government would take this approach. For instance, ever tax dollar you spend should entitle you to a vote, and then just have a website with all the government funded projects out there. It would totally stop pork barrel spending and make government extremely efficient. But the politicians don't like that as they want to rule the country.

11-20-2013, 11:00 PM
In my opinion Crowdfunding can, and eventually will help set priority for just about every sector out there. Whether it is politics, science, physics, math, space exploration, etc. Money talks, and now that the general public can essentially vote with their dollars, things are changing. Give it 10 years and things will be much much different.