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Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… between distributed work platforms and the developing world. But, while organizations such as Samasource and Txteagle have been busy making poverty history, what’s been going on when it comes to saving the planet?

Green Shoots

Answer: quite a lot, but still not quite as much as you might hope for…

Okay, for starters, there are sites that call on the crowd to donate spare processing power to the climate change cause (though surely this leads to the dilemma of whether to (a) …

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Microtasking: Two hundred years later, the debate goes on

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… while now they can choose from thousands of tasks and many different companies. Our friends at Samasource are also doing a great job of ensuring digital workers receive a wage they can live on.

Only time will tell the true impact of this new form of distributed labor on the modern world of work. We happen to think that systems allowing ideas and work to spread around the world more efficiently will benefit everyone.

As always, we would love to hear from you, the individuals in the …

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Is that a hard drive in your pocket?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to translate, verify and generally help make sense of the vast amount of information pouring in. Samasource currently pays hundreds of people from the world’s poorest countries to complete various tasks including those relating to filtering information, while the extraordinaries uses volunteers to help with such tasks as tagging photos for museums.

For some time companies have been aware of the opportunities presented by this tidal wave of data – if it can be properly harnessed. Its …

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Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is the employment opportunities offered by crowdsourcing companies such as txteagle and samasource, bypassing of the need for investment traditionally required for job creation.

Another, yet to be fully explored possibility is using crowdsourcing to improve the effectiveness of money spent on aid. Crowdsourcing is already used by Citizen Water to collect water quality data which is then displayed on an interactive map. Participants in Ghana, The Philippines, Dominican Republic, …

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Africa Online

Posted on by Otto Chrons

… which as we all know is the capital of Burkina Faso, it might feed a family for several days.

Samasource, a not for profit organization, is already doing just that. It currently employs over 500 of the world’s poorest people to provide microwork (little bits of labor that can be performed anytime and anywhere) to a diverse range of clients.

Mobile Solutions

It is all well and good to have a willing workforce, but gaining access to the work is a potential problem. Not many …

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