Tag Archives: mass collaboration

A picture of the world

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… (and strange) my fellow Finns are, but how crowdsourcing could facilitate a similar sort of collaboration between people from all over the world, without the artists even needing to leave home.

Artists Anonymous

A project doing just that is Swarmsketch, a website that allows up to one thousand people to each contribute a limited line in the creation of a single picture. After drawing this line, contributors get the chance to vote on the opacity of other lines, making the final …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘think tank’? A passionately engaged team of experts, using their knowledge to shape the social discourse? A bunch of overeducated technocrats with no experience of the real world, dictating our futures? A telepathically-operated war machine?

Whatever your opinion, think tanks – or policy research units – are everywhere, …

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2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of high-speed internet access and the development of new platforms over the last decade have made mass collaboration possible in a way inconceivable even 20 years ago.

The year of the crowd

In the last 12 months the crowdsourcing (or “widesourcing” or “distributed work” or whatever you want to call it) industry has exploded. It seems like almost every week a new method to involve the crowd pops up online.

For us at Microtask, 2010 feels like a happy blur (that one might …


A better cup for a better world

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the competition he teamed up with Colaboratorie Mutopo, a company specializing in projects of mass collaboration and Jovoto, a platform which provides a marketplace for ideas. The competition started 1 April, and runs until June 15. Who else but Starbucks is sponsoring the event, offering $20,000 in prize money for the best ideas.

A cup for life

Perhaps not surprisingly given its reputation for innovative, design-focused coffee drinkers, the organizers of the competition have …

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When worlds collide

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… This applies whether it’s a pen a paper world or a digital one. Just ask the team behind the Mass Effect trilogy (Bioware) how long it took them to work out how Quarians reproduce through their antibiotics-stuffed suit, or why for Elcors a simple smile looks more like a volcanic eruption (be warned – there is no short answer).

Using technology to spread the good news

In the digital age, of course, there is infinitely greater opportunity to share your worlds with other people – …

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