I love the purist quality of the collaborative projects that build communities around a central motivating goal. It’s the lifeblood of the collaborative and co-creative web.

I’ve built them, I’ve worked within them, I’ve interviewed the best of them and studied them. Now I’m happy to be part of the organizing crew behind a mission and an event that pulls together some of the best under one roof called “Crowdsourcing Week” http://www.crowdsourcingweek.com/ .

Epirot Ludvik Nekaj, Peter Davision and Rose Kemps have pulled together an audacious idea that is “right for it’s time”. With the maturation and institutionalization of many crowd-based business and organizational models, it is about time that we provided a forum to exchange the best ideas and insights.

Heh, don’t get me wrong, I like watching sports bloopers on YouTube, or nice looking Pinterest boards, or fast spreading memes on Twitter or infographics that go viral on Facebook – social media is in my veins. It’s just when it comes to maxing out the potential of the web to build a community’s interests around a central focus and goal, nothing quite beats for me some of the more successful, and even some of the niche, crowdsourced models. They just seem more genuine, more organic and provide better transformative powers for the organizations that support them.

With a full 6 years since Jeff Howe coined the term, it’s high time crowdsourcing showed off its practical side. In April 2013, we will do just that in Singapore, so mark it on your calendars. I look forward to working with my fellow Canadian Shelley Kuipers and 7 other distinguished advisors.

Why a full week? I think this is the exciting part when you look at the various benefit streams provided by “crowdsourcing”. We may easily consider 5 separate days dealing with 5 separate¬† industry areas:

Crowdsourcing industry models as we have seen in automotive, technology, enginerring and science

Crowd creative – be it t-shirts, or music, or publishing, or branding, or photography, or publkishing

Crowdfunding – particularly as new regulations begin to allow for crowd-based investing, financing and banking

Crowd/citizen journalism – especially as the world becomes more global and more hyper-local at the same time

Crowd government, charities and NGOs – with interesting developments around the world where crowds are filling the void where governments and public service formally played a role

So join us 14 months from now on one of the best places on earth for one of the most exciting growth areas in tech, digital and culture.



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