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Crowdfunding disaster relief offers hope in desperate times. But who gets left behind?
At least 21 people have been killed in the devastating floods across Queensland and New South Wales. Many have lost everything they own, in part due to vicious cycles of underinsurance.
The destruction will also worsen the already “beyond dire” housing crisis. Some will have no choice but to move elsewhere and leave behind existing social ties. Rebuilding will take years, and local communities may never be the same.
It is perhaps no wonder, then, that people turn to crowdfunding to help those affected.
But while the urge to create such crowdfunding campaigns, or donate to one, is understandable and admirable, it is worth asking: who can succeed in crowdfunding, and who gets left behind?
Year of publication, exhibition or creation2022-03-09
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