About Me

Crowdsourcing: A Definition

  • I like to use two definitions for crowdsourcing:

    The White Paper Version: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.

    The Soundbyte Version: The application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software.

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

  • Read the original article about crowdsourcing, published in the June, 2006 issue of Wired Magazine.
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April 22, 2008



Yes Jeff the excitement was palpable as I, and as you stated so many others used the then newly available software and hardware that made individualized creative output within reach.

Your personal story is such a great example of how powerful the advents of such software was coupled together with the realization that ones creative powers could be harnessed and find a form of expression. I was giddy with the possibilities that were offered because my generation had not had the opportunity to use the hardware that enabled that process, although its usage was an impediment and still is for many of my age group.

My children’s generation, having grown up with technological hardware and software as part of their environment, appear to have a very different relationship to the creative process though.

I wonder if their creativity has become more of an uninterrupted stream, there must be a better way of expressing that! A process no longer anchored by hardware usage because that part for them has become much more intuitive. The release of those forces, once needed to master the hardware, must have surely made a difference.

Are the present generation unencumbered by the material elements of technological process?

Has the disappearance of the dichotomy, once so strongly evident between hardware usage and the creative process, enabled the release/rise of forces that have contributed to the explosion in social networking, crowdsourcing and the many other newer forms of creativity and communication now evident?

Am I creating a scenario that does not exist?

Regards, Alan

Wayne Perry

Hi Alan, I am actually going to agree with you :)

If you are thinking about the differentiation of consumers / producers of content in the digital age, by age, then you would like this...

If you marry the concept that Younger people are different:

1) Younger people have a different relationship with digital technologies.
2) With the diffusion of digital technology they are creating content across multiple platforms / outlets apparently in a stream of consciousness.

With the concept that other countries are adapting technologies at a faster pace:

Then the question becomes: "How much of our digital universe is going to be shaped in the west as opposed to in countries with large populations of technology literate young people who have access to the new modes of production and who are increasingly less constrained by language?"

But wait, you don't believe that the crowd is the new producer of content.


Deep breath, hold, slow release; repeat, Wayne did you add that last sentence as a fountain of youth antidote to completely neutralize the incredible buzz I received from the Homo Zappiens pdf? For just a split second I think I experienced the source only to have it be dashed! No, no Wayne, I do believe the crowd is the new producer of content, don’t give up on me, please!

Doesn’t the preponderance of creation of the digital universe by the western world have more to do with language than anything else?

Dashed Regards, Alan


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