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A Brief History of Crowdsourcing [Infographic]
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A Brief History of Crowdsourcing [Infographic]

Editor's Note: The following infographic traces the chronology of crowdsourcing from the early 1700s through four centuries of innovation up to today. It originally appeared in Ross Dawson's book "Getting Results from Crowds"  and is reprinted with permission here. Click on the image below to get a full-sized view.

In Chapter 2 of Getting Results From Crowds on The Rise of Crowdsourcing we included a Crowdsourcing Timeline, showing a selection of some of the important events in the world of crowds over the last couple of hundred years.

Tapping crowds has a long and illustrious past, with of course an acceleration over the last 15 years as humanity has becoming connected, vastly broadening the scope of crowd participation.

The image below is taken straight from a two-page spread in the book.

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