2,784 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
The key driver to move on from traditional systems of record is that enterprise innovation must be ‘always on.’ Today’s consumers are more connected than ever due to the proliferation of personal...
Is crowdourcing scalable? Yes. Powerful enabler of a successful business if developed the right way, absolutely! Awesome pool of cheap labor? Not so much. My guess is that anyone working in a (successful) business that is designed around or at least is heavily reliant upon crowdsourcing, feels that the crowd isn’t cheap labor. On a practical basis this sentiment is easily evolved into the well-intentioned mantra you can hear echoing through the halls here at Trada, “the crowd doesn’t work for us… don’t ever treat them like they do! We work for them!”
The internet has opened up markets that were originally unavailable and now independent contractors can simply join an online marketplace and upload their details. They can be ready to go in a...
Carly Kaplan of Arise Virtual Solutions writes to discuss why some industries have not embraced crowdsourcing as readily as others, and why the crowd can be beneficial to the healthcare field.
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.
When Jeff Howe coined the term crowdsourcing back in 2006, he defined it as »the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call » (this definition is still on Wikipedia). Today, other buzzwords like co-creation and open innovation flood the marketing and innovation blogs. To know what’s happening with crowdsourcing, let’s just take a look at how the platforms based on crowdsourcing principles evolve. Let’s take a look at different types of platforms using crowdsourcing principles : virtual ad agencies, creativity platforms and (still) the crowd-sourcers.
VIRTUAL AD AGENCIES
I recently found an interesting blog post about discussing well-known crowdsourcing websites. Peter La Motte, president of GeniusRocket, describes how his websites’ model is not an open crowdsouring platform anymore, but rather « an agency powered by the crowd «. This means that ideas and storyboards are crowdsourced, but they only go into production when the client has given feedback and approves the project. This is the main difference with open platforms like Poptent or eYeka, who are open platforms for various creative people who can choose which projects they want to participate in. Other virtual ad agencies include Victors&Spoils, founded by John Winsor (a review of his book Flipped here), and Tongal. I like Tongal’s video because it explains how the crowd is leveraged to select and refine ideas:
Harnessing the knowledge citizens and government employees share on social media applications in the public sector is a tricky challenge of the Government 2.0 era. Every day, thousands of citizens comment on government Facebook posts and blog entries or reshare information published on Twitter. Rarely has government had the opportunity to harvest innovative ideas and knowledge published through these channels. The main reason many agencies set up an organizational account is still “to be where the people are.” Recently, ‘open innovation’ platforms have started to address this disconnect, providing the public with the capability to interact and brainstorm alongside government officials. Simply put, these platforms make participating in government cool again.
Social media tools — such as blogs, Twitter and Facebook — are great channels to collect and encourage citizens to provide their insights on the issues and plans of government. Unfortunately, today’s standard social networking services do not have the capability to automatically extract and collate new knowledge or ideas from content that citizens are submitting through the existing commenting channels. In some cases, the sheer volume of comments makes proper analysis very difficult. The challenge is to extract new ideas or valuable insights from the influx of comments in a productive and efficient way. Open innovation platforms are designed to fill this gap.
Crowdsourcing sites is the answer for your needs, it saves your startup business lots of time. Just keep in mind that, it’s your job to do your due diligence and implement measures to ensure...
Here's some of the websites and smartphone applications that allows people to farm out chores: *Amazon Mechanical Turk, a service of Amazon.com Inc., lets people work from home, like...
Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s biggest telecommunications company, had a challenge: it wanted to accumulate the wisdom and experience of their employees, who are scattered across different locations, and derive key performance indicators from this data — so the company turned to social forecasting.
Company-wide innovation is no longer exclusive to R&D departments — the world’s top enterprises are opening up and engaging their employees and consumers through co-creation portals. To learn how these companies are implementing open innovation solutions prior to Massolution NYC 2013, check out this quick co-creation primer.
As the Massolution NYC 2013 conference draws closer, we speak with Arise's Jared Fletcher to learn how crowdsourcing disrupts the traditional service provider model for top enterprises.
One of the challenges that a number of attendees have brought up at Massolution NYC 2013 relates to managing a crowd labor pool. Too much overhead, after all, can add costs and time, both of which are things that crowdsourcing is meant to reduce. The crowdsourcing service provider MobileWorks thinks it has a solution: let the crowd manage itself.