Could Kickstarter be a new funding model missions and teaching?

I’m intrigued by Kickstarter.  It is a “crowd source” approach to raising funds for purely creative projects.  People put come up with a creative project.  It could be a video game, novel or movie or whatever.  They put up a profile on the website.  People pledge money to the project.  The project owners get the money pledged to them if they reach their funding goals. 

What if the church could fund authors, theologians and missionaries the same way?  Instead of using traditional publishing we could directly fund an author who could open source their work or give electronic versions away to people in the developing world?  This way we could fund quality work that can be shared without all the hang ups of publishers and intellectual property?

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