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Crowdfunding for Social Good
Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Off to Russia!

Well, I’m heading “Back to the U.S.S.R” or at least back to Moscow. This time, I’m fortunate to be heading to CrowdMap ‘14, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing conference where I will be delivering a keynote address and providing a one-hour training workshop on crowdfunding.

The other presenters include a prestigious list of CEOs and other luminaries from Russia and Europe, though it appears that I will be the lone American on the agenda.

This will be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the crowdfunding scene in Russia and, more broadly, in Europe. Crowdfunding sites represented by speakers at the conference will include Planeta.ru and CroFun (from Belgium).

Crowdsourcing platforms including CityCelebrity.ru and Crowdsourcing.ru will also be represented, creating a great energy among people who are looking for collaboration and cooperation.

This will represent only my second visit to Moscow. Having visited over 30 countries, my last visit to Russia stands out in my memory. I honestly cannot think of any place on earth with more beautiful churches. Much of the Kremlin is comprised, somewhat surprisingly to me, of churches. 

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These old structures certainly inspire me and I suspect that they inspire the local people, infusing them with pride and confidence in the beauty of their churches. 

I’m looking forward to getting on the airplane tomorrow morning, dressed appropriately for fall in Moscow! I’ll be sure to report on what I learn!

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