Local tech mediators - a human access point to global crowdfunding platforms

Pietari Keskinen*, Niina Arvila, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Anton Lungameni, Asnath Paula Kambunga, Roosa Laurikainen, Marko Nieminen

*Tämän työn vastaava kirjoittaja

Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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55 Lataukset (Pure)

Abstrakti

Despite much criticism, global digital platforms hold some promise for small-scale entrepreneurs (SSEs) in the global south. However, they are often excluded from direct participation in global initiatives, such as crowdfunding. Besides socio-cultural disparities, accessibility and adoption issues, technology usage and integration present a major challenge. To bridge those gaps we propose a workable model consisting of a local tech mediator operating on a digital platform connecting local SSE to global digital services. We have engaged a group of informal settlement SSE in Windhoek, Namibia to jointly conceptualise the roles, tasks and responsibilities of a local tech mediator, concurrently with technical skills training as well as the development of an international crowdfunding campaign. We assert that the jointly developed concepts of a local instantiation of the model as well as the co-design process have enabled us to create model, which would allow the utilisation of global digital platforms for SSEs in the global south.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut483–502
Sivumäärä20
JulkaisuCoDesign
Vuosikerta18
Numero4
Varhainen verkossa julkaisun päivämäärä16 huhtik. 2021
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2 lokak. 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

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