Crowdsourcing: Teamwork makes the dream work

Crowdsourcing: Teamwork makes the dream work October 18, 2014 Our lecture this week provided us with the following definition for crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call. Crowd funding, a type of crowdsourcing, allows individuals the opportunity to finance projects that they put together through websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. People use these websites for a wide variety of things like start up costs for a business, surgeries, recording albums and more. It allows users to put their ideas in front of a great deal of people who are eager and willing to help, in many cases. In the past, I have contributed to different campaigns that people have set up to help pay for funeral expenses for a loved one they had that passed and to help a band get on the road for the summer. In both cases, I was a stranger to these people. So, you never know who will come across your link and want to help you if your project pulls on their heartstrings or they share a common interest. The above image is my friend Natalie Rosado on her last mission trip to Honduras. Quite recently I actually posted a link to Natalie’s funding campaign for her trip to Peru over the winter holidays this year on my blog. Natalie and her sister Rebekah are going to be delivering toys, tooth brushes, socks and shoes to different orphanages in December and they are short...