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Faces in the crowd: how crowdsourcing can help people fit into society

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Sometimes it seems there’s a lot of negativity towards the crowd. Whether it’s images of angry mobs with burning torches or hurtful terms like “mob mentality” and “tyranny of the majority”, our society often seems to favor the individual over the group.

We in the crowdsourcing industry have been working hard to dispel these myths and improve the image of the mob. …

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Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

When we consider humanity’s great achievements, the humble toilet does not usually rate a mention (unless to describe where the greatest failures ended up).

Yet in terms of making our lives better, sanitation – and the way it eradicated annoying things like the plague – is actually pretty important (don’t get me wrong, it’s no iPad or anything).

Which is why …

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Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… towards a problem, crowdsourcing should be a powerful weapon in the fight against threats such as global warming (or, for those who live in recently freezing Helsinki, the challenge to speed global warming up). So why does it sometimes feel – when it comes to distributed work in particular – like the green machine is still a bit of a wallflower?

Over the past year or so, we’ve all been dazzled by the spectacular partnerships between distributed work platforms and the developing …

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Task-work in global networks

Posted on by Esko Kilpi

… of the aforementioned needs in daily life a new, different approach has been adopted in leading global corporations. You could even claim that a new mode of knowledge production is emerging in digitally networked firms. This approach is called task-work. Task-work as a method refers to a new economic phenomenon: people from all over the network contribute small pieces of their time and expertise, voluntarily, to common projects modularized as tasks. Knowledge workers do this based on their …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

Forget about global warming, zombie apocalypses, Mayan prophecies and asteroid impacts. Those things are all absurd. What you should be worried about is an impending invasion by moon Nazis. They’re up there, in their secret moon base waiting to return to Earth and complete their plans for world domination.

That’s according to the plot of Iron Sky , a new crowdsourced film by Finnish filmmakers Samuli …

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