Ramon Nuez

Ramon Nuez

Ramon Nuez

Ramon Nuez is a founder, fine arts photographer, digital artist, writer and wannabe harmonica player.

Articles by Ramon Nuez

Kiva Launches Microlending in India

Kiva.org is now working in India. The microlending non-profit made the announcement yesterday in a press release. What’s The Big Deal And why India? 32% of the population falls below the international poverty line. And 68% of the population is living on less than $2 a day (US) — which affects millions of Indians. Many of which are women. If financial matters were not bad enough — India has a poor history with microfinance. So making affordable sources of capital available to millions of poverty stricken Indians is a challenge. Indian government regulations leave many financial institutions unable or unwilling to serve poor borrowers. Kiva has taken this opportunity to work with the Indian government and its Field Partners (microfinance organizations) to make funds available to the people who need them most. “The goal: to fund...

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4 Examples of Revolutionary Crowdsourcing Projects

The crowdsourcing — work process — has been getting a great deal of attention. In part, crowdsourcing can thank Jeff Howe for all this attention. But to be clear crowdsourcing has existed well before Howe coined the phrase. I can argue that crowdsourcing has existed since spoken language. Why — because crowdsourcing is nothing more than people getting together to solve a common problem. “Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can occur both online and offline. The difference between crowdsourcing and ordinary outsourcing is that a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific body, such as paid employees. –Wikipedia But why is it such a hot conversation today? Is it the evolution of the work process? Or perhaps the revolution...

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Video: Speaking with USAID’s Stephanie Grosser About Crowdsourcing

Yesterday we spoke with Stephanie Grosser — Communications Specialist — for USAID. We spent the large part of our conversation discussing crowdsourcing. This was an interesting conversation. USAID used the crowd to locate USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan data and make the dataset publicly available. One of the largest hurdles for USAID was over-coming legal challenges. Many of which are unique to government agencies. Do you think that government should use crowdsourcing? Let us know after you watch the...

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Singapore Celebrates its 47 Years of Independence

The Lion City, 47 years ago separated from Malaysia and gained its independence to become the Republic of Singapore. And its planning an incredible National Day Parade (NDP) to celebrate. A Brief History Singapore has a rich history. The southeast asian city-state can be tracked back to the second century AD, when it was an outpost of the Sumatran Srivijaya Empire. Since the second century Singapore’s history is peppered with key historical events: 1819 — British East India Company developed the southern part of Singapore as a British trading post 1836 — Singapore becomes the capital of the Straits Settlements 1955 — Singapore held its first general election 1963 — Singapore declared its independence from Britain 1965 — Singapore declared its independence from Malaysia And today Singapore is a thriving economic power. With a...

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Speaking with the USAID on Crowdsourcing and Transparency in Government

We are very excited to be speaking with Stephanie Grosser, Communications Specialist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID So what is the USAID — it’s a federal agency created by John F. Kennedy. And the agency is responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. Stephanie Grosser Stephanie manages all internal and external communications for USAID’s Development Credit Authority. And if that was not enough Stephanie also has an impressive resume: Presidential Management Fellow at USAID Assistant Director, Washington Advocacy Office at Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Congressional Intern for Representative Bernard Sanders Received a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University Received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University Questions The interview will be on Google+ Hangout On Air and these are the questions: What is the USAID and why...

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Will Crowdfunding Platforms Help Fund Civic Projects

  Thinking Kickstarter When we hear crowdfunding many of us — including me — think Kickstarter. Which is understandable since the crowdfunding company has successfully launched over 65 thousand projects. And has over $305 million in total dollars pledged to all projects. Now the majority of the Kickstarter projects are “creative projects,” such as “A Photography Book About Vinyl Collectors – Dust & Grooves.” And the average funded project is less than $10, 000 — a far cry from the actual dollar amount needed  for most, if not all civic projects. What is Civic Crowdfunding To be honest with you, I have not heard much on civic crowdfunding but it is a real movement. You can now see civic projects on Kickstarter such as “LowLine: An Underground Park on NYC’s Lower East Side.”...

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Crowdsourcing? Why Can’t I Simply Outsource?

So let’s start with the fundamentals — outsourcing vs. crowdsourcing. Outsourcing The Project So why do you outsource? Wikipedia gives a very nice answer to your question: The most common reasons why companies decide to outsource include cost reduction and cost savings, the ability to focus its core business, access to more knowledge, talent and experience, and increased profits. Outsourcing is a common business work process. Many of your decision makers rely heavily on this practice to not only save you money but give you a competitive advantage. Even Peter Drucker — the father of modern day management — embraced outsourcing: Do what you do best and outsource the rest. And one of the largest consumers of the outsourcing work process is the Information Technology (IT) industry.  According to the Canadian Center of...

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Wil Merritt: Is Crowdsourcing Content the Future of Advertising

Can you believe it?! This is our 3rd CrowdChat and we have a number of industry experts lined-up for future chats. Who Is Wil Merritt? Today Wil is the CEO at Zooppa.com. And he has an extensive career in the marketing and advertising space. Merritt spent an impressive 18 years with Time Warner, Inc and 4 years at the Corbis Corporation before finding himself at Zooppa. What I find most intriguing is the time he spent as a Senior Vice President for the Corbis Corporation. This is a company that is a Bill Gates wholly owned private digital media company. Why does this interest me — because Corbis has a collection of over 100 million photographic images. I not only love photography but I am an aspiring professional photographer. But enough of me rambling on — here are the CrowdChat details and...

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Lucien Engelen: Crowdsourcing & Healthcare — The Future!

Who Is Lucien Engelen I am very excited to say that tomorrow will be our 2nd CrowdChat. And we will be speaking with Lucien Engelen — Director of Radboud REshape & Innovation Center. Engelen is passionate about healthcare. And what I find most impressive is that Lucien is founder & curator of TEDxMaastricht “the Future of Health.” Why do I find that impressive — because I love what TEDx stands for. I have never really given much thought to the evolution of the healthcare industry. But in listening to Lucien — I am now very curious. It will be interesting to see how healthcare will leverage crowdsourcing and social media to solve some of its biggest challenges.   Party Details What: Lucien Engelen: Crowdsourcing & Healthcare – The Future! When:...

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Video: Crowdsourcing Week Speaks with Max Sidorov on Google Hangout

Yesterday I published an article where I discussed some of my personal feelings about Max Sidorov. And last night Epi Ludvik and I where able to speak with Max. We used Google+ Hangouts on Air — it was fun and Epi was feeling rather comical last night. Obviously, I had to join in but it was not until very end of the video. But all joking aside — we appreciate Max’s time and we hope that he let’s us know, soon, what secrete project he’s working on. I hope you enjoy the video:...

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