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Crowdsourcing

April 5, 2012

I found this interesting article on crowdsourcing. Teamwork in theory is great but the execution is sometimes difficult. At least it is where I work. All of our individual experiences shape the way we see the world and merging this helps us see things differently. Together we can find solutions to things we may have been convinced were unsolvable. -Betty

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/ideas/2011/10/can-crowdsourcing-really-spark-innovation/

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  1. April 5, 2012 2:58 pm

    The whole idea of crowdsourcing was new to me until our “un-group group assignment.” There is something to be said about allowing multiple people to tackle the same problem and see what comes of it. Your article was interesting, it’s neat to see large corporations take advantage of this format and allow “lay people” a chance to participate in discovery and innovation.

  2. chat1cat1 permalink
    April 5, 2012 3:14 pm

    Hi Betty,

    That is a very interesting post, especially after the crowd-sourcing assignment in week 7. Prior to the un-group assignment, I never thought about crowd-sourcing and the possible benefits and challenges to using it. I think the concept of crowd-sourcing can be a great tool for large and small groups. It can be used to help advance an idea or find solutions to problems, as explained in the post with the different agencies using the technique. I also think there can be challenges, especially if there is a lack of leadership, no one to say that there is enough information collected or to provide guidance on how to assemble the information gathered.

    Great Post.

  3. shenriksson permalink
    April 5, 2012 4:40 pm

    I found this article fascinating. Utilizing the power of multiple human minds to essentially create a “mega-mind” that can do more and do it better is amazing (that example about the computer gamers solving a puzzle related to AIDS is mind-boggling). What else are people capable of when working together like this? Perhaps crowd-sourcing is the answer to achieve “the impossible.”

  4. April 6, 2012 9:30 am

    Crowdsourcing was a new concept for me too. I keep saying crowdsurfing! I loved the problem solving puzzles and the use of gaming for something beneficial. I looked this up further and you can find sites offering opportunities to participate in this type of projects. It’s amazing how endless all of these possibilities truly are. Very exciting.

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