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The end is near

Time goes by so fast, this weeks, I didn’t even noticed that we’re getting closer to the end, thus to our goal. I really liked the picture of the creative process Anne used in her blogpost, because this is exactly how it is. This picture below gave me the final reality check, but so far, i can’t answer the question. 

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Credits: http://thephoenix.com/Boston/

The things we learned in the past weeks, helped me understand how communities and companies work and how much afford you have to put in your work. And it helped me understand what is needed for our NGO Solidaridad. So what can be relevant to our NGO and how could they make use of it. To get to this conclusion, first I’ll summarize the main impacts of the previous weeks.

Working in a team means collaborate, support and create ideas, you couldn’t think of by yourself. We learned how to get the best out of a team, by diversify different group sizes and divide tasks. Distribute various group roles like a teamleader, a timekeeper and so on, can be very helpful, since this creates a structure and we all know that it is way easier to work with a structured system instead of just gambling and tossing around. Especially in groups with so many different nationalities and cultures. But as you can see it is all about collaboration. As in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. It is a way to involve a broader community to your work. Crowdsourcing for example gives people the chance to participate in a design process, by  giving feedback, share ideas and contribute. Crowdfunding is a opportunity for designers, companies or normal human beings, to gain financial support for a upcoming project. But the nice thing about it is, that the supporters are also normal human beings, who likes your ideas and trust in your projects. 

The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution

Still, collaboration doesn’t mean to completely forget about each individual part of a team, to get to the actual reason for this blogpost. 

Our challenge is, to introduce Drupal Commons to Solidaridad. Which basically means, to help Maarten (our NGO), persuade the members of the nine Regional Expertise Centres to use Drupal Commons. I think the theme Me-We-Network will be of the most use towards our goal of solving our NGO’s unmet needs. What they need is an intra- en extranet for wider knowledge exchange, for sharing news and documents.  So far, they communicate only via e-mail or skype. Since they don’t want to spend too much time or money on new technologies, a simple and easy to use Network would be a great impact. With Drupal Commons they could have full control of their own platform. They don’t have this possibility with Facebook, which they only use for Marketing and to keep their supporters up-to-date (which was also our main topic this week). In our group, we worked out a good opportunity to also set value on the Me-part, by creating personal profiles for each member, with profile settings. Containing basic information like age, name, picture, but also country and timezone, to be able to arrange meetings. And in addition it is a way to inform other members about the projects you’re working on at the moment and sharing your trajectory. Hopefully our recommendations will be helpful to Maarten and we will reach our goal with a happy smile and turning the end into a good thing !

Solidaridad Network Facebook Page

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we had storming, forming… just need performing

Hello World..

So our challenge is to show SOLIDARIDAD the perfect intranet and what features their intranet should have to work perfect together. The general topics that we were focussing the last few weeks are:

  • Me-We-Network
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Marketing

In my opinion there is no most useful theme that solves the unmet need of SOLIDARIDAD. All of them are equal important. And only together they are strong.

In our group we divided the task. Two people are summarizing each topic.

Our (Antonina and me) part was Crowdfunding. So I would like to tell you more about Crowdfunding and how it benefits SOLIDARIDAD. There are four different ways of crowdfunding:

  • Equity crowdfunding = Someone give’s money and in reward he/she is part of the company
  • Donation crowdfunding = for charities (raising money for social projects) Most charities do that through their own web-site. We couldn’t find a donation button on solidaridad page.
  • Lending crowdfunding = Crowdfunded lending facilitates projects, individuals or businesses to seek loans from the crowd, with members of the crowd taking small chunks of the overall loan.
  • Reward crowdfunding = contribute to projects and receive non-financial rewards (like record, movie, game, product) -> for SOLIDARIDAD not that interesting: what could they give as reward? (maybe: The name of a backer on something they build)

So thinking about which crowdfunding type would be helpful to SOLIDARIDAD, I think most of them are helpful in certain tasks.

I am not sure about equity crowdfunding. That means that people that give money to SOLIDARIDAD be a part of the “company” of SOLIDARIDAD. I do not know if that is possible and what legal reasons that may have.

It doesn’t matter which crowdfunding type you look at the supporter should get something from SOLIDARIDAD as reward to their supporter. It could be a t-shirt, supporters name on a building/vehicle/web-site…, follow as a visitor a typicall day of a Solidaridad worker……

I also really like the idea of crowdsourcing.

SOLIDARIDAD started a campaign on sugar cane…

"During the campaign Solidaridad will ask our campaign question to as many relevant players in the world of sugarcane as possible; How can you change the world with sugarcane? All change starts with awareness. Solidaridad will target companies with a positive tone of voice and will work towards a better world together with those companies." 

That sounds to me like a crowdsourcing task. But as far as I saw SOLIDARIDAD doesn’t use it in crowdsourcing. They ask the question “How can you change the world with sugarcane?” to important people and companies…. but do not have a real crowdfunding campaign. My suggestion for SOLIDARIDAD using Crowdfunding in getting information about certain products (coffee, tee, sugar, ..) and farmers that would like to work with them and also company that buy from certain farmers.. These information should be mapped on a map: Crowdmap

I do agree with Group7 post about a more recognizable visual for solidaridad. Something that shows their vision and an aim that they are working for.

And there are many other good things you can explore them in the picture or wait until our final-video is done….

CU miriam

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Crowd funding &sourcing

Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing looks like two similar words, they both spell start with “Crowd”, so in some extent there are same, it a platform for demander and contributor to fulfill their requirement or get their bones. The different between these two things is the demander’s need, what requirement of the demander of crowdfunding is? It’s funding. And the demander of crowdsourcing need ideas and design product. In my view, there both have pros and cons. I am going to explain to you below.

The pros of Crowdfunding:

1. Collect funding

If you have new idea, you don’t need to get loan from bank, you can start from a crowdfungding platform.

2. Low-cost

Some sites just charge a little fee from your project. For example, Razoo charges fee is 2.9%, Indiegogo is 4%.

3. Test idea

There are many contributors, but if your idea did not attract them, or they don’t agree that is a great idea, they will not support you. So that is a good way to verify your idea good or not.

The cons of Crowdfunding

1. Time limit

Maybe your idea is good and it could be reached more funding, but the time that the platform provided you are not enough.

2. Miss the reach goal

In many times, there are just 30% or 40% of a project. So the demander did not meet their goal.

3. Higher charge fee of unsuccessful project

For example, if you fail your project, the charge will be more than 9 % in Indiegogo.

The pros of Crowdsourcing

1. Multiple choice

As a presenter, you have the right to choose the best one from all projects.

2. Low-cost

The bonus that you provide is fixed, it won’t be change or higher in the end.

3. Closer relationship

Through cooperating, get a closer relationship between organization, builder and clients.      

The cons of Crowdsourcing

1. Risks  

The source is not always trustable, lacking of bonus, less participant, low quality work, raise the risk of the project.

2. Waste of labor

As a contributor, spent long time and energy to finish the work, but your work are not the best for the demander, you get no bonus.

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Need a GPS* Item!

(AN: I am so sorry, it got a bit too long again! Though I still hope you will enjoy reading it! >.<)

Herro ferrow broggers,

Let’s get straight to the point for this week’s blog. :D
It is a showdown –not really- between crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

Are you ready?! SET? GOOOOoooo!

(I am listening to Avici at the moment, so am a bit energic haha… If I get more serious or calm in writing you will know that the song has changed… :D)

 

Crowdsourcing:

So the reflection for crowdsourcing will be somewhat close to the one I did for networking in my first blog.  Crowdsourcing helps you expand your network, this is useful to, in my case for example, getting discounts or finding jobs.

About a month ago I found this website called Linkedin. I have never heard of it, but one of my old teacher of the church invited me to use it. I did sign up but I still haven’t looked around much. The general idea of that site is, as the name suggest –the beauty of simplicity-, “linking” people and expanding your network. I saw that Sheila has a LinkedIn, but I am not quite sure if you can create a profile for Gogorobi. Now that I am mentioning it, maybe a good idea guys?

Crowdfunding:

On to the crowdfunding we go. In my opinion I think crowdsourcing is more beautiful and challenging than crowdfunding. Crowdfunding can only be effective if we have a good base (network) – still in my opinion.

For example: Gamers who stream their matches in order to make money through advertisements on their stream. You can stream as regularly as you want, but if your skills –your base-  is not good, you ain’t gonna get views my brada. So you need to go and improve your skills, come back with inspiring actions and boom! More views = Kaching Kaching! Though if you flash your boobs now and then I guess you could get viewers too. Doubt that it would word for guys though, cruel world-.

Most of the designers start by investing their own money, though most of the time it has it limits and this is where crowdfunding is quite handy. Who does not mind a helping hand?  :)

Crowdsourcing in design:

Solo YOLO. Ehh… what about NO. In the design world it is “all about” crowdsourcing and I don’t like that, since I don’t want to involve myself with the world. If my life was like the life of my Sim in the Sims 3, I would have the Loner social trait. Sigh. Anywhos… At some point I have to give in that I, the narcissist, need “people” *shivers*.

Sure it is great if YOU design a product and YOU produce it on YOUR own and YOU are doing the advertising so well, that the product is sold out faster than Diablo 3, wonderful even, but then reality happens, because no successful game nor product has been developed by one person –as far as I concern. That is nearly impossible if you think about it.  

I need useful criticism from potential users and having an expert or two to guide me the way does not sound bad either, maybe even getting discounts for reproducing the product because I know the people from the factory really well. Let’s face it, when I finish this study, I will probably relate myself to a sperm cell racing against the clock and other millions cells to survive in this cruel world.

Enough pros, it is now pessimistic emo cons time. :<

Sure expanding your network is a great idea, but this can go wrong too. Look at Kony 2012. Their base –youtube video- was so powerful. Big Youtubers like nigahiga even advertise for them! Many supports, but most of the supporters do not actually know what Kony 2012 is about, or where their money is really going to. I did, and still do, not know how they are going to fix this “Kony” with that large sum of digital green papers, this is why I choose not to support them. It looked very straight to the point, but for a critic like me, I think it was a bit shallow and a fairytale story. To short it up, a too big network could lead to something like this…

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Since most of the crowdsourcing is done through the internet, it gets very impersonal fast. At some point you will lose control. And well, you will get these internet kids.  

So don’t be shallow, be critic and leave people in awe.

Kind regards,

Warisra

PS. Is it crowdfunding or crowd funding? My Word keep correcting me into the latter one…  Google it for me please hihi…

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Use the Crowd

CROWDSOURCING & CROWD-FUNDING

The basic idea: Someone has an idea or a problem. The crowd is there to help give information, advice, feedback and maybe further ideas in order to solve what needs to be solved. This is crowdsourcing. The crowd-funding takes place when the idea is complete. The crowd is there to either donate money or invest money in that project in order for the idea to become reality. Crowdsourcing and crowd-funding can therefore go pretty much hand in hand.

CROWDSOURCING – Ideas, Advice, Input from the Crowd

Some Pros…

  • Diverse knowledge. As there is a crowd of people, there will be diverse knowledge. More people mean more input, more advice and more ideas- a larger “Brain Power”.
  • Better quality. Outside help might be needed if there is a lack of the right knowledge. They will benefit by letting experts do the job.
  • Faster work. If there are more people involved it will be more efficient (in some cases). Company can focus on their core business. Online-based crowdsourcing also makes this happen as people from all parts of the world can contribute/participate.

Some Cons…

  • Confusion. Too much diversity and different ideas might make the company unsure or confused about their project or product.
  • No guarantee. The input, advice or ideas that the crowdsourcing workers give might not be relevant and so final product might not fulfill the company’s vision.

CROWD-FUNDING – Money from the Crowd

For a long time entrepreneurs have relied on banks and other traditional financing sources to make their projects possible. If they say no to the idea, what do you do? One may not have the family, friends or the right contacts that can help. However, maybe there are people who think what you do is interesting. Crowd-funding has therefore emerged as a financing option for these entrepreneurs. The collection of all the money is often done on websites or platforms where the entrepreneurs can present their projects and those who like an idea can make a financial contribution.

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I personally think that crowd-funding is a great idea. If I can support something that I feel very passionate about, maybe a good cause, just that will make me happy. I know that if the project doesn’t work out, I will lose my money, but I have put it into something that is worth losing the money to.

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Donation or reward-based crowd-funding are most common, such as charities and cultural projects. But the so called equity based crowd-funding, in which investors buy small blocks of shares in the company and brings in the most money per project. This method is mainly used to launch new business ideas…such as Crowdfunder.com which we looked at in our gruop on Monday. Crowd-funding is a phenomenon that has opened up investment opportunities for people that usually don’t invest money in the stock market. Ordinary people can become involved because it is exciting to be part of someone else’s journey, dream, creative process or just cool story.

So obviously money is probably seen as a positive side to crowd-funding. But besides just money you get immediately a rating if you and your product is on the right track and if your possible audience or clients will be involved, which is invaluable. I think that through crowd-funding it reaches you directly to your customers and build relationships that will last a long time, and that strengthens your project, and help drive you in the right direction. Even people in projects that do not get super viral or reaches enormous success, still feel that they have received feedback and learned something about themselves, their product and their market. It’s a lot like crowdsourcing in this case, as I said before crowdsourcing and crowd-funding go hand in hand.

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In Solidaridad’s case we deliberated if we thought that crowd-funding would be a good option for the project we are doing or not. We thought that investment based funding would be most applicable to their purpose and their focus on sustainable growth.  I really liked the Thunderclap campaign that Solidaridad is doing (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/5132-let-s-turn-a-new-leaf). Thunderclap is a little different from both crowd-funding and crowdsourcing as it is a “crowd-speaking” or “crowd-messaging” platform. It’s a way for people to be heard, raise awareness, create action and change by getting support by other people.

Overall, I can definitely say that I have learned a lot form these past weeks. I just now realized that through all this confusion and misunderstanding we do actually learn stuff on the way. I had for example never heard about these terms before and now when I write about it, it feels almost natural. 

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Rebecka's Creations 2.0

Working together is a success

Crowdfunding is nothing new. Most people don’t know is that the Statue of Liberty was crowdfunded. In the late 1800’s, the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t make it across the ocean, because The American Committee couldn’t raise enough money to finance the pedestal on which the Statue should stand. Joseph Pulitzer and his newspaper ‘the World’ involved the American people in his campaign to complete the monumental project, by using a earlier form of crowdfunding. Due to this campaign he was able to fund the lacking 100,000$ of total 300,000$ to build the pedestal, while the over 120,000 donations were in most cases less than a dollar. 

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Before Project Community I had no idea what the definition of crowdsourcing or crowdfunding is. But after watching couple of videos, scanning crowdfunding websites and reading through a lot of campaigns I got a notion of it. I used to know platforms that use the power of the crowd by gathering enough votes for petitions. I think it’s a good way to reach all the people in the world, who wants to be involved and who wants to help. By making a project public and asking for help, both sides can benefit from each other. Just like in the story above, in which the people who helped with a donor, got a miniature statuette. This souvenir made them feel like a part of the building. And that is the nice thing about crowdfunding. It is about reaching people, who likes your ideas and want to help you, realizing them. For me, it’s surprising to see, how much the people trust in these projects and in their founders, by donating and actually not asking for anything in return.

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By writing this blog following questions are coming up like…

Who are these people, donating for this projects ?

What was the main reason, for supporting this projects ?

How safe are all the crowdfunding websites or campaigns ? 

How much is in it for the crowdfunding websides themselves ? 

How many of these projects actually reach their goals ?

So while designers use crowdfunding only for raising enough money to finance their own projects, crowdsourcing is used to share, exchange and generate ideas and work together. Although I think a designer also should have his freedom creating new ideas. 

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”

~Rollo May

Indeed, with solitude you keep focused and it’s quite, but maybe it’s too quiet ?

Because Human beings (including designers) are still “social” animals, who are designed to mingle. With this conclusion another question comes up

Which tasks are given in crowdsourcing ? 

How can you make the best use of crowdsourcing ?

Well here are just a few cases of crowdsourcing. A webdesigner for example, could get feedback on his webside before making it public. Or the webside ‘Couchsurfing’. A social platform where people all over the world offer their couches, beds and even rooms to traveling people. Another good example is Crowdjourney a website which offers help for the people that want to crowdfund, to create a video to spread the word. 

Obviously working in a crowd, collaborate and trusting each other is a good way that leads us to success !

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DESIGNERS, CLAIMS AND HELPING HANDS

CROWDFUNDING AND CROWDSOURCING

'Harness the Crowd to Increase Awareness, Cultivate New Volunteers, and Gather Information for Your Charity'


Making the right use of croudsoucring- and crowdfunding networks,like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, is essential for starting up with any kind of project and idea. By using these tools, people get the opportunity to make an ‘open call’ to a wider community. Besides of sharing knowledge and ideas, it can enrich the designers/starters and bring diverse perspectives and critical thinking which may help refining or revising their idea. As I said, it is important to know how to use these tools, in order to reach the right audience, and make use of the communities build around the project to support it.Still, they can bring a lot of supportive help for starting up with an idea/project and I guess it connects the right people and creates a good basis for exchanging, creating,refining and raising.

'If we really see each other, we WANT to help each other'

- Amanda Palmer

THE ART OF ASKING

http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking.html

As I was watching this video, I realized its connection to our current prompt. Moreover, watching it made me very emotional, because what she explains is very touching and true. She brakes this issue down, to a personal and human base, by talking about her experiences of searching for self-fulfillment and accepting. And, even more important, about the circle of asking, giving and receiving. As a basic requirement, she views the ability of ‘seeing’ each other, not just as strangers or competitors, but a lot more as human beings with fears, mistakes and hangovers. As we all know or probably even all have experienced, these thoughts and emotions are part of us, since we all are afraid of failure in our lives. Lots of people, including myself, are afraid of asking for help (no matter of what kind) because they feel like it makes them vulnerable. Showing to others that we need help, and through that admitting that we cannot solve our problems on our own, makes us feel like giving a surface for corroding. BUT, instead of letting this fact holding us back, we should use it and try to face each other, with all our doubts and fears. Referring this to the challenge of designers, who often feel urged to ‘make it on their own’ it shows the importance of trust and openness, and above all, the ability of admitting to need help and ASKING for help, without being ashamed. What I guess is, that innovative people, like designers are, have the fear of ‘sharing’ their ideas or the related problems because it might feel like being not creative enough to do it on their own. But in fact, experiencing that should not make us feel like failing. Instead, we should be open for exchanges of thoughts and feelings. As it is true for sharing on all kinds of levels, if you do it with a right intension, it should enrich and help you, and not make you feel like loosing or giving up. Therefore, as we learned last week in our assignment about collaborative group work, Crowdsourcing can be a very helpful tool to use after the individual/organizational idea generation, for refining ideas and bringing different view angles and perspectives. Finally, I see more advantages than disadvantages for Crowdsourcing in Design. 

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As I did my research on the weekly topics, I found this amazing organization, which in my opinion, has a truly commendable aim. By giving people all around the world access to capital (even small amounts) they encourage and support them on their way of creating a better life for themselves and their families. What I personally find most adorable is, that the focus here is not only in helping people by funding a bigger project, but in supporting those who need financial help in order to have a perspective for their lives. It gives everybody the possibility to help by making a loan in order to support a specific person or project. Moreover, you are getting updates about how the project is going, and in the end, you even get your money back! So, you can use it to fund another project or donate it to KIVA. So PLEASE check it out !

http://www.kiva.org/

 KEEP IN MIND :

'a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved'  and  'a joy shared is a joy doubled'

Thanks for reading,

Katinka

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follow the crowd

It is great how entrepreneurship changed with the help of the new media. If you have a new Idea, you do not have to go to the bank anymore. You can start your own funding campaign and find your crowd that believes in your idea. Some entrepreneurs use Crowdfunding as an validation of their idea, and go after their funding goal to a bank and ask additional for a credit.

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If it just would be so easy…. only 44 % of Kickstarter project reach their funding goal. Somehow I do feel very sorry for them. But on the other side it is just natural. The best idea will survive.

Some Crowdfunding pages I explored..

I think Kickstarter is the most famous platform. Most project on Kickstarter are from the US. I think you need to be US-resident to start a campaign (movies, theaters, comics, art, food, games, music, photography, products,..but no funding for your next vacation). Kickstarter charges a 5% fee for every successful project. What happens when a kickstarter-project doesn’t get the money, they were looking for? Do the backers get their money back? According to Kickstarter they only charge your card if the funding goal is reached.

Amanda Palmer had 25,000 backers that supported her album, book and tour.

Everyone can receive fund. Indiegogo get 4% from every campaign. And there might be some additional fees, depends on where you are from.

If you choose the “flexible Funding” you get the money you raised so far even when your campaign failed. Indiegogo charges you than a 9 % fee.

Also RocketHub charges a 4% fee for successful projects and 8% for failed funding goals.

They divide fundraiser into 4 categories: Nonprofits, Individuals, Corporations and Foundations. Uses technological advantages of iPhone app, Donations Widget and Facebook Widget.

Charges just 2.9% fee of total fund.

Crowdrise helps to raise money for Charity (like animal welfare, arts, cultures, diseases, education and religion). You could even raise money for you birthday, wedding or own project. mmh… maybe my next world travel…

Than there are crowdfunding pages, speciall for every country.

It might be a trend. It is new… It is exciting… but how long? Maybe in the future people will get bored and do not support many crowdfunding platforms.

There are so many Crowdfunding platforms but I have not seen any combination of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding. Do you know one page that combines both very good?

For example I do like the idea of Buca-boot a lockable bike basket. Especially in the netherland it could have a huge market. But I do not like the design of it at all. So why don’t use Crowdsourcing to make a very good product and than more people want to back your product.

Crowdfunding is for creating a buzz, word-of-mouth and for financing.

I think crowdsourcing is a lot of work. Maybe more work than to go to a bank clerk. Convincing the crowd maybe harder than convincing the bank. Getting one vote may be tough, but getting many is tougher.

CU

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Outside Innovation: Crowd-Sourcing Safety in War Zones

Outside Innovation: Crowd-Sourcing Safety in War Zones:

In this article Patty Seybold shares two apps developed to address safety needs in war zones.

Developed by people experiencing war zone conditions in Beirut, ma2too3a (Android) crowd sources observations into a mobile app

This application allows you to know where tire burning, protests, or armed combat is happening at any time! It even shows you a traffic jam as it happens! Any user can update all others instantly about such an event, including the exact time and location.

Whenever an event is put to an end, a red rose will appear :)

Way to Safety allows “users to record gunfire and send it to the site, which will identify the weapon from a sound database and triangulate recordings to pinpoint the exact location and type of fighting.”

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: CogDogging It (Alan Levine ProjComm 2013)

WEEK 3: Crowdsourcing and Me

When I reflect back on how I use online structures I see 3 main directions.

The first and most commonly used simply involves my network of friends, that I connect through via Facebook, Skype or through phone services such as Viber or tango. With my network of friends distributed around the world, it helps me keep in contact, but also keep up to date with what they are doing, by following their timeline, posts, or new interests (often through Facebook). Direct communication is my preferred method, as it allows to create a conversation/discussion in real time, instead of bouncing idea’s back and forth. Of course there is a division between how I use these structures in my different social circles. During Team work, or projects the structure help largely to keep everyone updated, and informed on what has been done, what needs to be done, when. 

The second way in which I use online structures, is to explore & gather information. These topics are currently of personal interest, due to school, or personal projects. Websites like Wikipedia, Online Database forums, or Google Scholar, help tremendously in acquiring basic information, but also to gain insights & in-depth knowledge. Even when tackling everyday problems in the house, like fixing things, these structure prove to be very helpful.

The last direction in which I use online structure is to find inspiration, new ideas, or to simply release some energy by going on 9gag. Website like Edge.org and TED, are always a good source of information, but often have innovative, or creative perspective on how to solve issues, or go about handling them. 

So how does Crowdsourcing fit into all this?

For me, to be truthful, Crowdsourcing has not yet had such a great impact on me. Although asking questions on yahoo.answers could be considered as such, there is a lot more potential to crowdsourcing I have to unlock. In order to do this, I have to find groups that share my interest, on diverse social or online platforms, with whom I can discuss idea’s, ask for insights, or simply give my view on the topic at hand. An great example for this would be Kitesurfing. Although I love the sport, and have great beaches around holland to do so, they are often inaccessible without a car, making it difficult for me to attain. However through online groups, it could be possible to organise a trip, with 3 or 4 people, who have time & interest. This would pool resources, and would only require one individual to actually have a car, with shared gas costs. This is a simple way to crowdsource, and is almost like Car pooling. 

I can see how crowdsourcing can be a helpful tool to anyone, and can often make life easier. 

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