Following the crowd, but slowly
The UN Global pulse has also recently put out a thoughtful piece proposing a potential role of crowdsourcing in the UN’s work.
I’m glad this discussion is heating up and is starting to be taken seriously (and be examined critically) in development work as I think the potential is huge, as of course can be the hype and the backlash.
I’m mostly sad that it has taken this long for us to start looking at this seriously. Here’s something I wrote on this topic to try to stimulate discussion back in 2006!
It mostly relates to a sub-area of crowdsourcing known as prediction markets. Something I still think has potential, but has yet to be meaningfully explored. Any thoughts?