ﬂickr: jjelenbaasCrowdsourcing presentation prepared by Yoon Kang
“Simply deﬁned, crowdsourcingrepresents the act of a companyor institution taking a functiononce performed by employeesa n d o u t s o u rc i n g i t t o a nundeﬁned (and generally large)network of people in the form ofan open call.” – Jeff Howe http://crowdsourcing.typepad.com/cs/2006/06/crowdsourcing_a.html
To get started, here are some examples oforganizations that are leveraging this trend.
ﬂickr: BestofWDWAmerican IdolInstead of the big name musicproducers, American Idol letsthe millions of average viewersbe the judge of who should bethe next big superstar. Musicaltraining not required: just acellphone is all you need.
Book reviewsPicking a new name for a rock band Restaurant reviews Photography Crime solving Yahoo! Answers Medical advice How-to videos Youtube Orchestra Amazon Mechanical Turk Threadless Tees Translations Marketing Product design Political campaign movements Digg Education CrowdSpring Design our Pepsi can contest ...the list goes on...
And of course,
wikipedia.orgour beloved Wikipedia
“We are living in the middle of a remarkableincrease in out ability to share, to cooperatewith one another, and to take collective action,all outside the framework of traditionalinstitutions and organizations.” – Clay Shirky Here Comes Everybody
All of this means more power to you.
If you have talent,fresh ideas, cool skills,or opinions, someone out there is waiting to tap into it.
A few things to think about ?
“Humor me.Go there and add a little article.It will take all of ﬁve or ten minutes.”...was the email Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipdia, sentout to the members of Nupedia, as he pondered whetherWikipedia could be a success. ﬂickr: Dmitry Rostovtsev
*in its ﬁrst year, the number of articles grew 390%The response, as youmay have predicted,was simply astounding.*
But with no pay or guarantee of a recognition,what is the motivation that makes people so willing to volunteer their time and resources? ﬂickr: micn2sugars
“Since no one is being paid,the energetic and occasionalcontributors happily coexistin the same ecosystem.” $ -Clay Shirky Here Comes Everybody
second: is it...
Empowering Individualsﬂicker: Scarlet_Beautiful
ﬂickr: portablemichelleor just Free labour?
Von Glitschka Rob Gough Chad Behnke The NO!SPEC campaign (www.no-spec.com) urges professional graphic designers and design students “to take a stand against” trends such as crowdsourcing and design contests.
Make your own version of the short lived Gap logo at http://craplogo.me/Case of crowdsourcing gone wrongWhen Gap revealed their new logo last year, it wasquickly rejected and lampooned by the onlinecommunity. The company then turned tocrowdsourcing for a better idea, which only leftthem with more upset graphic designers. This PRcrisis came to an end with the company announcingthat they’ll be sticking with the old logo.http://www.logodesignlove.com/where-gap-went-wronghttp://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/10/new-gap-logo-despised-symbol-of-corporate-banality-dead-at-one-week.html
and ﬁnally: the big debate
RISE OF THEAMATEUR &DECLINE OF THEPROFESSIONAL
Are some things better left to the expert?
...or is your next door neighbour just as capable?
IS IT EVENPOSSIBLE TODISTINGUISH THE TWO?
“Technological advances ineverything from productdesign software to digitalvideo cameras are breakingdown the cost barriers thatonce separated amateursfrom professionals.” – Jeff Howe http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds.html
“There is no crowd incrowdsourcing. There are onlyvirtuosos, usually uniquelytalented, highly trained peoplewho have worked for decadesin a ﬁeld. … The crowd solvesnothing, creates nothing.” – Dan Woods http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/28/crowdsourcing-enterprise-innovation-technology-cio-network-jargonspy.html