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A Ray of Sunshine

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Sometimes the world seems like a terrible place. Grabbing our attention from newspaper billboards are stories of natural disasters and terrible violence. But amid the bleak news coverage of human suffering, there’s often a silver lining which demonstrates the brighter side of life and the human spirit. These are the uplifting stories of victims surviving in rubble for two weeks, and the relief efforts …

Tags: American Red Cross earthquake Haiti Oxfam Plan International the Clinton Foundation Ushahidi

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… There’s something hard to resist about Wikipedia. Like a giant, virtual fact-monster, the site sucks you in and won’t let go.

You click over for a quick fact check – to find out the year eBay was founded, say – and suddenly it’s thirty minutes later and you’re halfway through an article on Dutch Tulip Mania.

2011 is Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary and the world’s media has joined in celebration with fans/addicts of fascinating/useless trivia. The site is such a …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work eBay google Jimmy Wales Mechanical Turk Wikimedia Foundation Wikipedia

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… is generally considered to be a modern invention. Like many people, I first came across the term in Jeff Howe’s 2006 article The Rise of Crowdsourcing. I was impressed by Jeff’s ideas, but reading the article I began to think: “somehow this concept sounds very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old Finnish idea: talkoot.

Talkoot is a form of collective voluntary work that’s been practiced in Finland for over 1300 years. …

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Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the last twelve months there’s been a real buzz about crowdsourcing. 2010, the pundits predicated, would be the year crowdsourcing “went mainstream.”

Okay, I’m not quite sure how we judge what’s mainstream (stuff Simon Cowell’s heard of maybe?) but it’s certainly true that this year, the crowdsourcing industry has been more productive than a factory of Santa’s elves on Red Bull. …

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