Crowdsourcing,  Crowdthinking, Wisdom of the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is the practice of engaging a ‘crowd’ or group for a common goal — often innovation, problem solving, knowledge or information gathering.

What is Crowdsourcing

Thanks to our growing connectivity, it is now easier than ever for individuals to collectively contribute — whether with creative ideas, time, expertise, or funds — to the pursuit of global good news. This collective mobilization is crowdsourcing.

TED Talk – How Groups Make Good Decisions

This phenomenon can provide organizations with access to new ideas and solutions, deeper engagement, opportunities for co-creation, sharing that bebfit all communities. The Internet and social media have brought users closer to the community,  laying the groundwork for new ways of collaborating and creating value together like never before.

The approach is being embraced:
“Crowds are a hit. Millions of people, connected by the Internet, are contributing ideas and information to projects big and small. Crowdsourcing, as it is called, is helping to solve tricky problems and providing localized information. And with the right knowledge, contributing to the crowd — and using its wisdom — is easier than ever.” – CROWDEEZE

Changing Human Interaction

The future is human-centric, all about participation and the ability to co-create via an increasingly connected world. This new way of doing things – crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, co-creation, collaboration, and open innovation – is challenging the norm across the community and the organizations and businesses that support it. Offering an immense opportunity to rethink and reinvent conventional knowledge.

Where Can Crowdsourcing Be Used

Crowdsourcing touches across all social and community interactions. It is changing the way we look at Housing, Food, Family, Safety, education and more. Governments are applying crowdsourcing to empower citizens and give a greater voice to the people. In science and health care, crowdsourcing can democratize problem solving and accelerate innovation. With education, it has the potential to revolutionize the system, just as crowdfunding is currently challenging the status quo. It’s a 21st-century mindset and approach that can be applied in many areas and many ways.

Some Inspiring Videos of People Promoting Good and Social Change

Anthony Bourdain Food and Communites

Barack Obama – 7 Rules

Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement

Barack Obama – Pursuit of Excellence

Steve Jobs – Commencement Stanford

Oprah Winfrey – Golden Globes