2,527 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
In a world changing so quickly, new models for work will and must emerge. Growing labor forces in India and China, democratic expansions that allows more individual choice, lower friction in work moving across the globe in milliseconds instead of months, and more interconnected people and problems -- all drive the need for more than just subtle shifts in collaboration and creation. The cutting edge -- where technology like "the cloud" and virtual goods themselves are invented, constructed, and consumed -- must be a leader in this change.
The term “crowdsourcing” desperately needs some boundaries. Too many people have liberally applied the term to all manner of online—and offline—phenomena, but I argue crowdsourcing is, in fact, quite a narrowly defined concept. It is important to rein in crowdsourcing, because if the term rests on muddy foundations, people will continue to draw unstable, untested conclusions about the power and purpose of this model. I have dedicated my young academic career to the study of crowdsourcing, and I want to assert a clearer definition of crowdsourcing here for the sake of continued scholarly study and practical application.
Crowdsourcing is often embraced as a model for open innovation to introduce ideas and influence change from outside the organization. To find out more about how leading companies are using crowdsourcing as a model to drive competitive advantage, I spoke with John Bernier, a Manager within the Emerging Platforms group at Best Buy, and former lead of Best Buy’s Twelpforce initiative, their innovative service that empowers employees from across the country to answer customer questions in real time via Twitter.
A nice example of crowdsourcing for knowledge beyond official marketplaces of intermediaries is the Goldcorp Challenge.In 2000 Goldcorp engineers and geologists could not determine where exactly...