Day 2 Recap: Citizen Empowerment Is All about YOU

Written by Priti Ambani

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Sec. Ricky Carandang of the Philippines , before his keynote address at Crowdsourcing Week

Can citizens be empowered through crowdsourcing? Can we co-create our own constitution? Can we help our government to design better policy? Can we help industry and scientists solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare? Can we build better communities through cooperation?

Day 2 at Crowdsourcing Week attempted to answer some of these questions for our very engaged and interested audience. Sec. Ricky Carandang from Philippines elaborated on efforts in Philippines to modernize communication channels between the government and citizens. Michael Thatcher from Microsoft talked about ongoing projects at the company that harnessed crowd co-operation and collective intelligence. Technology helped bring Jennifer Gustetic’s talk to us via video recording, while she answered questions about NASA’s crowdsourcing program through Skype! In essence, through NASA’s program anyone could become a rocket scientist!

The segment on open societies curated by Noah Raford, who unfortunatley could not be there due to a schedule conflict was beyond stellar. This session saw presentations from Stuart Candy, Futurist, on analog crowdsourcing and how open spaces  can help citizens groups take action through cooperation. Eleanor Siatta’ excellent talk on the some of the barriers to fair and effective crowdsourcing was timely and opened up a passionate discussion. Zhen Goh focussed on how we can make sense of this collective intelligence from crowds.

Ideo Presentation at Day 2

Ideo Presentation at Day 2

The next session had Stephanie Grosser talk about USAID and its crowdsourcing initiatives to solve complex problems. Aleksi Rossi of Open Ministry Finland gave a very interesting talk on how his country is trying to crowdsource its own constitution, while Pankaj Khushani of Google elaborated on crowdsourced mapping for enterprise. Darzy Norhalim gave insights into the Malaysian crowdsourcing market – its achievements, roadblocks and challenges. Jayesh Badani of Ideaken stressed about the advantages of collaboration between academia and industry. Simon Schneider and Matthias Wendt highlighted how crowdsourcing can help address market issues for companies. Gaurav Mishra talked about the the major trends in crowdsourcing and how it was disrupting social enterprises.

What a day! And we are far from done!

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Priti Ambani

Priti Ambani is the Global Media Director at Crowdsourcing Week, a thought leader and prominent writer on social and environmental enterprises, start-ups and Web 2.0 businesses. As the Director and Managing Editor of Ecopreneurist, Priti has been instrumental in growing the site into a notable social business resource. Specializing in her ability to work with impact organizations from the ground up, Priti has developed successful business and communications strategies for fledgling start-ups, social and environmental enterprises. She also serves as a sustainability consultant at GreenDen consultancy and advises on CSR and the triple bottom line. Priti is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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