Do you think that people are inherently creative? That the more, the merrier and smarter? That listening to many solution for a given problem, then filtering out the best ones, is a feasible and worthwhile endeavor? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then crowdsourcing is calling you. It actually has been for over half a decade.
While still incredibly young in implementation, crowdsourcing – for finding, ideas, and more – has grown rapidly. Successful campaigns understand the balance between incentives, communication and actionable results. Today, international development organizations are using “matured” versions of crowdsourcing, at all sizes and subjects:
- UNESCO asked girls in Ethiopia and Tanzania how to overcome the obstacles they themselves face in staying in school. The project, titled Education for All, is five years strong.
- Safecity.in (aka Pin the Creep) has improved the lives of women in India and everywhere. The invention of ElsaMarie D’Silva, guest for our 54th Terms Of Reference podcast episode, is growing in coverage, partnerships and collaborative campaigns.
- Our 30th guest, Sandra Sudhoff, shared a heartwarming account of when an army of volunteers jumped to complete Open maps of Guinea and West Africa, which proved invaluable for responders in the midst of the Ebola crisis. Today, CartONG has evolved into mobile data collection and capacity building offering.
While promising charitable crowdfunding sites such as 33needs, MicroPlace or Spark did not pass the test of time, others such as CrowdRise, StartSomeGood or Causes.com have found a foothold. Mohit Mukherjee, our 34th TOR guest, mentioned a thriving business delivering solar panels and funding for solar-based projects through RE-volv.