Azeem Khan

How quadratic voting can fix democracy's confidence crisis
September 19, 2023
Leo Nasskau

Our public sphere faces a confidence crisis. Gitcoin has helped raise $50 million for thousands of causes since 2017, and is on a mission to get society out of its rut.

Their secret is a mathematical idea called quadratic voting, which allocates funding to causes based not just on how much they raise, but how many people support them.

Partnered with the likes of UNICEF and Shell, in addition to almost 4,000 causes, the blockchain-based philanthropy organisation has become a pioneer well beyond the web3 ecosystem.

Azeem Khan, Head of Impact at Gitcoin, tells Leo Nasskau how quadratic voting can transform philanthropy, whether it really needs a blockchain, and how, ultimately, it could foster a regeneration of our entire civic landscape.

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Leo is part of the founding team at Culture3. An award-winning editor, he is also the Chair of UniReach, an EdTech non–profit he founded whilst studying at the University of Oxford. He writes about technology, change, and culture.

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