2,528 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
It’s kind of ironic that Forbes decided to Crowdsource its list of “Names you need to know in 2011” feature (here), and received the suggestion via Facebook from Martha Bebinger that Jeff Howe had better be included!
Jeff, who coined the term “crowdsourcing,” in a 2006 article for Wired magazine and who wrote the book, 2008’s Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business is working on his second book about what lies beyond crowdsourcing.
There are a number of definitions vying for universal adoption. Jeff’s broad definition of crowdsourcing, is that crowdsourcing can be defined as ” taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.” An interesting alternative position taken by Daren C. Brabham is that crowdsourcing is not a term that applies to just any instance of an online community. He postures that crowdsourcing did not exist as a concept before the Internet, it’s not the same thing as open source production, and it’s not synonymous with “open innovation”.
Daren’s definition is simply that crowdsourcing is an online, distributed problem solving and production model.
Join the debate and add a comment….how would you define the term?