crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing Civilian Uses of Defense Technology

Crowdsourcing Civilian Uses of Defense Technology

Springwise reports on the British company Marblar’s efforts to use crowdsourcing to convert defense technologies for civilian uses: Considering the vast sums of money the British military puts into research and development to create new equipment for its armed forces, it makes sense that some of these may have applications elsewhere – take GPS as […]

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Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

According to Springwise, a Danish supermarket is the latest to try this: Supermarkets are convenient, but often source their products from multinational companies and farms in distant locations, racking up carbon emissions and squeezing out local competition along the way. Danish co-operative grocery superstore SuperBrugsen now aims to offer a popular alternative by getting customers […]

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Five Ways Governments Can Use Crowdsourcing

Five Ways Governments Can Use Crowdsourcing

Two consultants from DeLoitte’s government practice have some thoughts about how government can tap into the potential for crowdsourcing: Turning to large groups of people to solve problems, make decisions, and generate ideas in a decentralized way is not a new concept. However, advances in technology and societal changes have made the process of tapping […]

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Crowdsourcing Strategy

Crowdsourcing Strategy

The McKinsey Quarterly has a piece on organizations that have used wikis and other crowdsourcing technology to create open strategic planning processes (registration required).  As the article points out, this approach sometimes requires a change in the nature of leadership roles: Taking these principles to their logical conclusion suggests a shift in the strategic-leadership role […]

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Changing the Economic Development Game:  Ireland Crowdsources Job Creation

Changing the Economic Development Game: Ireland Crowdsources Job Creation

This from a recent Springwise post: Businesses can benefit from crowdsourcing in many ways – from problem-solving with university talent to gaining new ideas for economic improvement. Now ConnectIreland is encouraging the crowds to pass on the details of business contacts looking to expand in Europe, in exchange for monetary imbursement. The initiative has been […]

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Crowdfunding:  Everybody’s Doing It

Crowdfunding: Everybody’s Doing It

Well, maybe not everybody.  But a lot more people and organizations are participating.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, there are now more than 400 crowdfunding sites on the Internet: As regulators consider easing online fundraising rules for small firms, a new directory lists more than 400 websites around the world that already generate […]

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