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Crowdsourcing “in reverse”: asking crowds to ask questions

It’s important to understand that crowdsourcing is first and foremost a question, a question that you ask a large and, ideally, diversified crowd of people. And for as long as it’s well-thought-out, properly defined, and clearly articulated, it doesn’t really matter … Continue reading

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Is crowdsourcing pitting “experts” against “amateurs”?

In my previous post, I argued that one of the reasons crowdsourcing hasn’t yet become a mainstream innovation tool is the uncertainty over what crowdsourcing can (or can’t) do, meaning that many organizations struggle with identifying problems that can be successfully solved by … Continue reading

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Now, what about money?

In my previous post, I wondered why as efficient innovation tool as it is, crowdsourcing is still seldom used by organizations. I offered two answers to this question. First, formulating a question to crowdsource requires careful deconstruction of the underlying … Continue reading

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Don’t blame crowdsourcing for your own faults

There is a Russian saying: to break into the open door. It describes a situation when someone is trying to solve a problem that simply doesn’t exist. I’m always reminded of this saying when I hear complaints that crowdsourcing isn’t … Continue reading

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What Can Crowdsourcing Do?

I’m often asked questions about crowdsourcing. Usually, they’re revolving around this central theme: what can crowdsourcing do? Can crowdsourcing solve this problem? Can crowdsourcing solve that problem? On occasion, a more perceptive question is posed: can crowdsourcing define a problem? … Continue reading

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Show Me The Money!

(This post originally appeared on Danish Crowdsourcing Association website) I strongly believe that as an open innovation tool, crowdsourcing has a bright future, but only if it proves its economic worth. In other words, when properly designed and executed, a … Continue reading

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