When the crowd trolls

In many cases, crowdsourcing initiatives don’t work as it should. But it’s not the promoter’s fault nor because the circumstances. Sometimes it’s just that the crowd (or an important part of it) decides not to help but boycotting the initiatives with the most crazy results. Sigue leyendo

Crowdfunding continues evolving

The evolution of crowdsourcing is unstoppable. Once has become popular in some sector, continues to advance to another. In the case of crowdfunding, this evolution, because their use is increasingly widespread, is faster. In this case I analyze a type of crowdfunding that, although popular and common in the US, is relatively new in Spain. Sigue leyendo

The ethic of crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is a process that involves the participation of a lot of people, so it is important to be clear about the possible ethical implications of its use. In this post I discuss which aspects of crowdsourcing must be taken into account in order to assess these possible consequences. Sigue leyendo

Collecting product prices in Africa using crowdsourcing (I)

The workshop about price collection in Africa was very interesting, but we would have needed at least one more day for reaching more conclusions. In this post (and in the next one) I expose some thoughts about it. In this post in concrete, I talk about the problem involving the specific location of markets and the problems of the low integration of new technologies. Sigue leyendo

Gamification as motivator in crowdsourcing initiatives

Motivation is one of the key points when planning a crowdsourcing initiative. But, what if the task proposed does not have any intrinsic motivation per se? What happens if you can not reward with money because lack of resources? In these cases, if the initiative fits the requirements, gamification can be a good choice. Sigue leyendo