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Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… want to know what the weather outside is like, but can’t be bothered looking out the window). Needless to say, although complaining about the weather is fun, it’s hard to imagine a more pointless use of crowd-power.

Time for a cool change?

Thankfully, the Guardian has come up with something similar, but potentially a lot more useful. It has asked people to report anything unusual about the environment in their area. From spring Coral Bells flowering in Dorset in the UK, to …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… goal of $400k was met within the first few hours, reaching a total of $3.4M after a 30 day period. Needless to say, the Double Fine guys seem to be pretty happy with the result (it’s an all-time Kickstarter record), and have started to consider many new features for their “small” game.

Is this only the beginning?

After the first days of excitement, market analysts appeared to agree that this exploit was only possible because of the respect gamers still hold for Schafer as a person …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… traditional words like collaboration or expressions such as doing things together.”

Needless to say, Ville and Jeff Howe (inventor of the term crowdsourcing) had a “frank” post-speech chat (I’m relieved to report both of them came away unharmed).

Harri Holopainen, Microtask’s managing director, was our champion on a panel discussing current industry concerns (at least, those concerns people were willing to air in public). The focus was mainly on microworker rights and …

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I Plead Not Guilty

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a site that, amongst other offerings, requested a week’s help advising on the rearing of pigs. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling that guilty.

Then, just as food and alcohol induced drowsiness threatened to derail my whole project, it hit me. A blog! A blog to tell other people how they can volunteer their services online. A blog whose repercussions would more than cure my malaise.

So, blog completed, I sit here with the weight of the world lifted off my shoulders. I have to say …

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