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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Other than politicians and bankers, few types of people come in for as much abuse as amateurs. The word itself is practically an insult: a goal gets fumbled, an actor forgets his lines and what time is it? Amateur hour. Maybe it’s just me, but a guy who says he’s “an amateur” usually has a weird look in his eyes and talks a lot about steam trains.

But perhaps it’s time to think again when it comes to non-professionals. Jeff Howe, …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the last few months, I have been spending more and more time in the US, doing my best to soak up the famous American culture (while rushing between meetings).

Of course, regardless of what country you live in, one event which you cannot escape is the Super Bowl: that special time of year, when the world comes together to ignore America’s favorite sport. This year we in the crowdsourcing …

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From fiction to fact: interview with Esa Nikkilä

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

Once upon a time (summer 2010) in a not-very-faraway land (Tampere), a band of crowdsourcing pioneers began an epic mission. Their aim: to create the world’s first ever crowdsourced novel. Four months, 500 authors and 2500 tweets later, the 140story project was complete. The novel, Todellisuudesta Toiseen (From Reality to Another), has now been crowd-translated into 5 languages. To find out “the whole story” we tracked down 140story producer Esa Nikkilä: …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As anyone who has ever wandered the aisles of an airport bookstore knows, the world today is a flat and shrinking global village (with a long tail), where everyone is friends with Kevin Bacon. Those of us who spend our time immersed in the hyper-connected world that crowdsourcing inhabits find this all very plausible. But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where anonymity (or avoiding Kevin Bacon and Joseph Kony …

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Banking on one another: Can the crowd save itself from the banks?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… self-respecting Hollywood celebrity will tell you: banks are pure evil.

Personally, I quite like the banking system as a whole. Swiping a little plastic card in exchange for a pile of food is my favorite magic trick. Still, there’s no doubt the current system could be improved. And, you guessed it, crowdsourcing may be able to help, by offering an alternative way for people to borrow and lend money.

Models for (spare) change

A variety of crowd-based alternatives now provide ways for …

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