SciCast is a research project run by George Mason University to forecast the outcomes of key issues in science and technology. SciCast is based on the idea that the collective wisdom of an informed and diverse group is often more accurate at forecasting the outcome of events than that of one individual expert.
A new report by Professor Brabham, for IBM Center for The Business of Government, tries to categorize some of the new government crowdsourcing cases into a four-part, problem-based typology, encouraging government leaders and public administrators to consider these open problem-solving techniques as a way to engage the public and tackle difficult policy and administrative tasks more effectively and efficiently using online communities.
“The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming up To Solve Society’s Toughest Problems,” (September 17, 2013; Harvard Business Review Press) by Deloitte’s William Eggers and Paul Macmillan explores how public and private sectors are converging to solve today’s most urgent social problems.
Warren Karlenzig, President of Common Current, a company which is working on urban sustainability master planning and similar issues, spoke at TEDx Mission on how cities are using collective intelligence approaches to address climate change and climate change adaptation.
Videos , presentations and full papers presented in Collective Intelligence 2012 conference at MIT are now online and available for downloading.
In the 19th century, British scholars convened to compile a comprehensive dictionary of the English language. Rather than catalog the entire language on their own, they turned to the English public to submit definitions
Crowdsourcing began as a legitimate tool to leverage the wisdom of the crowds to solve complex business and scientific challenges. Unfortunately, these very same techniques are increasingly being adopted by the criminal underground for nefarious purposes.