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Crowd funding: a monumental achievement

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the age of crowd funding.

Two days after the original tweet, a Detroit-based collective called Imagination Station launched a Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop campaign on the crowd funding site Kickstarter. That was February 9th. By February 17th the project had reached its target of $50,000. Over 2000 people have donated money. When the campaign officially closes on March 30th, Imagination Station will probably be able to fill a police station with Robocop statues.

Clearly, we can …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the moon

Google has also introduced its high-profile Solve For X project, which aims to use imagination, discussion, emergent technology and cult author Neal Stephenson’s inspirational beard to address some of the world’s most persistent problems. Its panel of experts are encouraged to think big and aim for what Google’s Director of New Projects Astro Teller calls ‘moonshots,’ or ideas which “live in the grey area between audacious projects and pure science fiction.” …

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The land that time forgot: How crowdsourcing can help bring Cuba into the 21st Century

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… buildings and vintage motor cars, spicy culture and rich history, few countries excite the imagination like Cuba.

Over the Christmas break I visited this tiny island that occupies such a large place in world culture and history. Explaining the country of Castro is probably impossible, but triumphant Socialism or the white sandy beaches of Varadero are far from the reality. Day-by-day Cuba revealed itself exciting, surprising and often disappointing.

Paper to the people

One thing …

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Twitter Predictions: the future is just 140 characters away

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… feedback could be used to train and improve language-processing software.

With a little imagination, the possibilities of “Twitter mining” are endless. From advertisers tracing tweet product recommendations, to politicians pre-testing reactions (positive, negative, incurably cynical), to government policies. One prediction I’m prepared to make is that the future will hold a lot more research into the predictive powers of social networking. In the meantime, I guess we all just …

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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… – Jeff Howe’s talk, the crowdsourced newspaper, Nokia’s total lack of crowdsourcing imagination – sadly however, time is rarely a senior designer’s best friend. We would love to hear what other attendees made of Crowdconvention. What, in your opinion, were the stand-out speeches, the hot topics and the glaring omissions? For me unfortunately, it’s time to get back to the desk. With any luck I’ll see you all at Crowdconvention 2012.

PS: a video of all the speeches is …

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