Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation for Enterprises

This paper is a collaboration between Paul Dombowsky (founder and ceo of Ideavibes) and Pia Erkinheimo Head of Crowds & Communities at TIVIT and Rapporter of the OISPEG, and former Head of Crowdsourcing at Nokia’s Innovation Management Group. We wrote this paper in response to the concerns raised by people we meet along an organization’s path of considering crowdsourcing to fulfil a particular need for their organization or their constituents. This paper will provide you with a greater level of comfort with this method of social engagement, which should help you make an informed decision on how you and your crowd should move forward together for mutual benefit.

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Practical Crowdsourding for Civic Engagement

This paper is focused on the application of crowdsourcing for civic engagement as a way to involve citizens in the process of making our communities stronger and more open and transparent. The amount that cities, provinces or states, or countries engage their citizens, and the effectiveness of this engagement is as varied as is the ways this can happen. We explore how digital engagement is evolving and the role that open innovation or crowdsourcing and social media could play in creating an environment where engagement is trusted, effective, and a driver of innovation in the community.

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A Practical Guide to Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing has a few definitions – the division of collaboration of labour – or the harnessing of the ideas of large groups of people. This paper is interested in the later—whether they be customers or citizens or members of an organization—to gather useful input and insights that lead to practical solutions. In this paper we look at concrete examples of how crowdsourcing can be used to solve problems, answer questions, make decisions and fund projects. Included in the paper are insights into the application of crowdsourcing from as far back as 1906.

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Exploring Crowdsourcing and Risk

We are great supporters of tapping into the wisdom of the crowd for many pursuits—for citizen engagement, open innovation, or crowdfunding. It’s important to be aware of the fact that there are risks to consider. This white paper is a response to some concerns we have heard along the way and will provide you with a greater level of comfort with this method of social engagement. Hopefully it will help you make an informed decision on how you and your crowd could and should move forward together for mutual benefit.

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