How to Crowdsource Without Being a Jerk – Or an Idiot

How to Crowdsource Without Being a Jerk – Or an Idiot

In the six years since Jeff Howe coined the term ‘crowdsourcing’ in Wired Magazine, the phenomenon has grown into several distinct, maturing industries that give businesses and workers almost limitless flexibility. But crowdsourcing also significantly changes the relationships betweeen employers and workers – and not necessarily for the…

The Key To Crowdsourcing? Smarter Crowds

The Key To Crowdsourcing? Smarter Crowds

For nearly a decade, we’ve been hearing about the power of the crowd and the ability of social networks to unleash their power in everything from building an encyclopedia to helping people predict the ebbs and flows of equities markets.
Crowds are a great resource and a trove of valuable information – when they work. When they don’t, it…

Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App

Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App

The idea behind Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is pretty simple – break programming work down into bite-sized chunks, and put it in front of a large workforce that can do the work quickly and cheaply. Part of the challenge of that is making it easy for requesters to create the bites that workers are chewing on. The new categorization app from Amazon…

Why Kickstarter Outfunding the NEA Isn’t a Good Thing

Why Kickstarter Outfunding the NEA Isn’t a Good Thing

The Internet had mixed reactions to last month’s news that Kickstarter was on track to outfund the National Endowment for the Arts. On the one hand, this was great news for artists and creative people who wanted to fund a seemingly obscure or perhaps controversial art project that their friends would probably get behind. Yet others weren’t so…

Kickstarter To Outfund National Endowment for the Arts

Kickstarter To Outfund National Endowment for the Arts

If you’re thinking about applying for an NEA grant, you might want to consider just doing it yourself on the Web’s favorite crowdsourcing tool, Kickstarter.

Co-Founder Yancey Strickler said today in an interview with Talking Points Memo that Kickstarter might actually crowdsource fund $150 million in 2012, which is $4 million more than the…

Kickstarter To Outfund National Endowment for the Arts

Kickstarter To Outfund National Endowment for the Arts

If you’re thinking about applying for an NEA grant, you might want to consider just doing it yourself on the Web’s favorite crowdsourcing tool, Kickstarter.

Co-Founder Yancey Strickler said today in an interview with Talking Points Memo that Kickstarter might actually crowdsource fund $150 million in 2012, which is $4 million more than the…

$1m in 1 Day: Meet Double Fine, the New Kings of Kickstarter

$1m in 1 Day: Meet Double Fine, the New Kings of Kickstarter

Late last night Jane McGonigal, the most respected authority in the world of gamification, Tweeted that she’d pitched in to support the creation of a new point and click adventure game from respected game development shop Double Fine. That was the first trickle I saw of what quickly became a flood of support for the […]

$1m in 1 Day: Meet Double Fine, the New Kings of Kickstarter

$1m in 1 Day: Meet Double Fine, the New Kings of Kickstarter

Late last night Jane McGonigal, the most respected authority in the world of gamification, Tweeted that she’d pitched in to support the creation of a new point and click adventure game from respected game development shop Double Fine. That was the first trickle I saw of what quickly became a flood of support for the Double Fine Adventure…

The Year in Review at Kickstarter

The Year in Review at Kickstarter

Darling of the crowdfunders, Kickstarter released its stats for the past year, and there is a lot of data to digest. The total number of projects is more than double from last year, the success rates for funding them is up slightly, and the total dollars pledged is close to a $100 million, which is more than triple what was pledged last year…

The Long March from Crowdsourcing to a Global Meritocracy

The Long March from Crowdsourcing to a Global Meritocracy

OK, this isn’t working anymore. Too many people either don’t have a job or the ones that do are predominantly dissatisfied. We’ve been talking about networked organisations and distributed work for decades, but productivity gains have been dim the past ten years. Everything worked just well enough to not think about structural changes. We tried…