Mass Collaboration

Collective action of large numbers of people working independently on a single project to produce shared understandings and outputs

Crowdsourcing in the Circular Economy

Crowdsourcing in the Circular Economy

Much of the work and focus in the circular economy is based around disrupting standard linear economy business models of “take-make-waste” to ones where higher proportions of resources can be recycled with minimal disposal. Through using waste as a resource to be...

The Decade in Crowdsourcing Transcription

The Decade in Crowdsourcing Transcription

Nine years ago, I summed up 2010 as “the year that crowdsourced transcription finally caught on.” This seems like a good time to review the big developments in the field over the decade that 2010 launched. What the field looked like in 2010 It’s interesting to look...

Helping Out Your Fellow Humans

Helping Out Your Fellow Humans

PARTICIPATION = SATISFACTION In 1996 Jerry Maguire, an aspiring sports agent, repeated a four word request to his first and only client: "Help me help you!" And you know where that got him. The feedback gave him the direction he needed to become the one of the...

How Horizon State Leads the Blockchain Charge

How Horizon State Leads the Blockchain Charge

The blockchain discussion is often focused on the financial benefits – indeed, you can often catch new folks interchange “bitcoin” and “blockchain” in common conversation. The impact, though, will go well beyond fiat currencies and business markets. One of the...

Q&A with Oren Alazraki, CEO of Horizon State

Q&A with Oren Alazraki, CEO of Horizon State

Horizon State has leveraged blockchain’s immutable distributed ledger technology to redesign the way that opinion is solicited, votes are cast, and collaborative decisions are made. Horizon State reshapes interactions between the public sector, wider businesses and...

Changing Government Through Crowdsourcing

Changing Government Through Crowdsourcing

We’ve had one of the oldest crowdsourcing examples right under our nose. We vote every single day, whether it is an election of our next world leader, a response to “What do we want to eat?” at the family dinner table, or among a circle of tribesman vocalizing our...

A Thousand Eyes Are Better Than Two

A Thousand Eyes Are Better Than Two

How do you scan an area of 305,000 sq km (118,000 sq mi)? This was the challenge for several countries in 2014, trying to solve the mystery of the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Tremendous effort and resources were put into finding the airplane’s remains,...