Community in Business, exploring (self-)financing models for "communities" that use web2.0 tools

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  • Title of the Project: Community in Business, exploring (self-)financing models for "communities" that use web2.0 tools
  • Project leader: Josien Kapma, Consultant (Portugal)
  • Background: Web 2.0 tools offer possibilities to communicate, organize or collaborate where before this would not have been possible or too expensive. This could offer a huge potential for development. Communities can be formed for joint learning and information exchange, e.g. for local initiatives of a particular region, or of peers like farmers, or micro entrepreneurs. Such communities may have a large value for the users or for development in general, but may not be institutionally sustainable when costs, however low, cannot be met in the long run. Leaders and technology stewards burn up, if not rewarded sufficiently, whether in financial or other terms. Traditional financing models, either membership or transaction based fees, are no longer always applicable. On the other hand the web presence may offer new opportunities. How can these "communities" incorporate sound financial models? What are designs that in an early stage take this cost-coverage issue into account? What can local private businesses contribute?


    • CPsquare Dialogue participants
    • Simplice KOUASSI
    • Anna van der Heijden
    • Dale Chadwick
    • Maarten Boers
    • Jaap Pels


- inventory of our experiences with similar communities, and the financing models in use, analysis of success stories; - brainstorm of possible financing models (looking also at non-development sectors);

- elaboration of one or a few selected models for financing of communities.


The discussion is taken back to CPsquare community, where it originated. What will happen exactly is to be decided. An idea was: "And finally, hopefully, though probably not during workshop: - test, further develop and promote 'proved' models."

Contact persons

  • josienmkapma (at)


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