What is Crowdsourcing? Video with Jeff Howe

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I am currently reading “Crowdsourcing” written by this cool cat Jeff Howe.  By this time many people know the term and typically base it around the premises that web users make web content for websites…ta-da!  Yes this is the superficial nature of crowdsourcing; however, there are much more technological and sociological implications which makes this new development veryyyy interesting.    Here our just a couple aspects of crowdsourcing that I think are interesting:

  • Shift from professional to amateur based “workforce”– Many industries once required certifications, degrees and a platinum badge.  With the information age in the forefront and the industrial age long gone it’s more evident than ever that specialization is not required as frequently as before and passion has now taken its place as being essential.  Many hobbyists are building some amazing tools with no proper training. (more…)
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