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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Take the following ingredients:

. Two award-winning cookery writers.

. One eager food-loving crowd.

. A sprinkling of game mechanics.

Mix them all together and what do get? Answer: Food52. Founded in 2009 by New York Times journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the site is described as a “social hub for people who love to cook”. As well as debating burning culinary questions (just how do you make a vegan omelet?), Food52 runs regular crowdsourced recipe …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 people to lend money to each other for profit, sidestepping the banks. As banks continue …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… sharing” could eventually see communities pooling everything from surplus space and energy, to food and power drills.

Steffen’s ideas might sound ambitious (he does want Americans to stop driving cars, after all), but many of his “predictions” are already a crowdsourced reality. In her latest publication The Enabling City, Chiara Camponeschi (another sustainability guru), lists an incredible variety of collaborative city projects – global and local. There’s Neglected Spaces …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… neighbors to help with construction. By definition, talkoot is unpaid. Reimbursement is usually food, shelter and, of course, the satisfaction of doing a good deed.

Talkoot through the ages

Here are some more recent examples of talkoot in action:

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust that was founded in the 1930s to promote arts and science. Like most idealistic young people, the Foundation’s organizers had strong principles but very little money. To solve this …

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Down on MyFarm: gamification goes rural

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… run a real farm for a year. Organizers hope the project will “reconnect people with where their food comes from.” Members of the MyFarm community will discuss and vote on every aspect of farming life: what to grow, what to breed, what to buy. Whatever the crowd decides, as long as it’s legal, Farmer Morris (who seems surprisingly relaxed about taking orders from a bunch of online amateurs) will put it into practice.

To avoid disaster help things along, the MyFarm site is fully …

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