Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Network Economy that can Bring Cities and Rural Areas Together

Can crowdsourcing and collaboration offer new solutions where older, traditional ways of doing business have failed to deliver? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. As digital technology has grown, so too has the number of tools that can be used for collaboration and business development. Encouragingly, this growth has carried over to organizations with social goals. A recent study by the innovation charity Nesta has identified nearly 1,000 organizations (and nearly 700 collaborative projects) working in the field of digital social innovation across Europe. And it is likely that the real figures are significantly higher, as many grassroots innovators are yet to find their way onto the database. The speed of these developments would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. Why crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing conferences that bring together...

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