With the rise of platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon, it's tempting to think of crowdfunding as an internet-only phenomenon. But the concept goes back a lot further than that. The Statute of Liberty, Martin Luther's books, and even Confederate warships were crowdfunded. These four examples show that fancy technology isn't necessary for a good crowdfunding campaign — all you really need is passion.
1) The Statue of Liberty needed a crowdfunding campaign before it could be assembled in the United States
2) In the 18th century, Martin Luther's works were "funded" through crowd support
3) Aimee Semple McPherson was an early crowdfunded evangelist
4) During the Civil War, Southerners crowdfunded iron boats for the Confederacy
Solarplaza note: Though it's got absolutely nothing to do with renewables, this little article/overview by VOX drives home a valuable point: the concept of crowdfunding isn't actually that revolutionary and isn't even that much reliant on the advancements of the internet-age. On the contrary, it's well established and embedded in society. That's why the crowdfunding (r)evolution of renewables is much more than hype or gimmick, but can grow out to be a democratic, broadly carried financing and awareness phenomenon within the renewable energy sector and society's energy future.