“If you want to have a good idea, have a bunch of ideas”
Before this course I had never heard anything about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, but after the classes about it I started to search it to find out how people really use it.
But before the examples of the use of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding I’ll put two definitions of each that helped me to understand better what these technics are:
- “Crowdsourcing is a production model that uses the collective intelligence and knowledge and volunteers around the internet to solve problems, create content and develop new technologies or solutions.”
- “Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally assigned to an employee and externalize it to an undefined group, and generally big, of people through an open call, usually the Internet”— Jeff Howe
- “Crowdfunding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”
- “Crowdfunding is a new and emerging way of funding new ideas or projects by borrowing funding from large numbers of people often accessed through a website.”
A funny fact is that the first definition of crowdsorcing I took from Wikipedia, maybe the biggest example of crowdsorcing. In Wikipedia people can put their knowledge online to help other with their research. Another example is the spam. When a user mark a mail as spam, this information go into a database and then the anti-spam tools providers use this information to mark a certain type of mail as spam.
We saw an example of crowdfunding in class and that really helped me to believe that it actually works, because I thought that people wouldn’t believe that the concept of crowdfunding really can work.
Of course, besides the research that I did on my own, the things in the syllabus on the website of Project Communities also helped me to understand better how a design can use this tools during the development of a work.
In design it’s nice to use crowdsoursing when you have an idea but don’t know exactly how to put it on paper or if it is good enough. But then you will take the risk of put your ideas out there, where anyone can see and use it as his/her own.
During my research I found a website really nice for design, if you have interest and time take a look ;)