Kickstarter, the crowdfunding pioneer, has released its 2013 year in review. According to the company’s own internal numbers it generated $480 million in pledges from three million people during 2013, a big jump from the $274 million and 2.2 million contributors that it attracted in 2012.
William D. Eggers, author of eight books on government reform and Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte, whites about how distributed technology is used to tackle society’s most intractable challenges.
Professors Nambisan and Nambisan present an innovative framework from which to view citizen “co-creation,” which refers to the development of new public services by citizens in partnership with governments.
Published by the Commons Lab, “New Visions in Citizen Science” showcases seventeen case studies that offer a mosaic view of federally-sponsored citizen science and open innovation projects, from in-the-field data collection to online games for collective problem-solving. This report offers a sampling of different models that support public contribution, potential challenges, and positive impacts that projects can have on scientific literacy, research, management, and public policy.
Quirky is a new type of socially developed product company founded with the vision of making invention accessible. Quirky helps design, develop, and manufacturer new products submitted by a community of inventors.
As the crowdfunding concept is starting to draw a crowd, new startups built on a version of the Kickstarter model are now popping up all over the place, in sectors from gaming to health to education. GigaOM offers a snapshot of the fast-growing crowdfunding ecosystem.