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Crowdsourcing

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

Getting Personal About Homelessness

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

As I think about cold winter weather, I always remember that there is a population of homeless people who are truly at risk when exposed to the elements.

Urgent Calls For Action: How Technology Can Turn Cell Phones Into 9-1-1 Systems in Developing Countries

Jason Friesen | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Jason Friesen

If we can crowdsource help for a ride to the airport, why not a desperately needed ride to a hospital in countries that have no emergency medical systems?

The Rise of Anti-Government Protests Around the World and How to Reduce It in 2015

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

What we've been witnessing is the decline of state-society relations in which citizens no longer believe in their leaders, governments or certain policies -- and they are speaking out in violent and non-violent ways. There's a recurring feeling that there must be a better, more legitimate way to govern.

5 Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

As many other groups look to leverage crowdfunding and other unique approaches to fundraising, we wanted to share some of the our top five pointers for building successful crowdfunding campaigns.

The Games of Our Lives

John Feffer | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Welcome to the latest generation of computer games. They don't so much help you escape reality as insert you back into it at a different angle.

This Crowdsourcing Startup Empowers Locals

Dieter Holger | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Dieter Holger

Americans are frustrated with the powers that be but that doesn't mean they should ignore local issues directly affecting them. In Santa Cruz citizens are proposing solutions to the water crisis with the help of crowdsourcing startup Civinomics. How? With an app of course.

International Operators of Equity Crowdfunding Sites Beware -- The SEC May Come After You

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

Until the adoption of SEC rules to implement the crowdfunding exemption, operators of crowdfunding platforms should tread with extreme caution to ensure compliance with U.S. securities laws. Eureeca discovered this the hard way.

Can Ocean Health Be Saved Through Underwater Apps?

Brett Greene | Posted 01.22.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.

Crowdsourcing Healthcare

Phil Simon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

Thanks to technology, just about every industry has dramatically changed in the last 20 years -- with one glaring omission: healthcare.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Fast-Growing Startup Challenges the Legal System: An Interview with PeopleClaim's Mark Deuitch

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Mike Ragogna

An Interview with Mark Deuitch, Founder and CEO of PeopleClaim.com Mike Ragogna: Mark, tell us about PeopleClaim.com. What's its goal? Mark Deui...

3 Ways to Use CrowdFunding for Market Research

Steve Olenski | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Steve Olenski

An unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign may seem devastating. Ostensibly, if you didn't reach or exceed your funding goal, you can safely assume that what you offered didn't fit a specific need or wasn't good enough to warrant public funding; or simply that your campaign didn't spread to enough pockets.

Promoting Malala's Vision for Youth Through Global Dignity Day

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

Given the widespread use of social media and text messaging, one of the most common themes being discussed is bullying, where at least half of teens worldwide have been bullied online in the last few years.

Can Crowdsourcing Play A Role In Preventing Suicide?

Robert R. Morris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert R. Morris

Established therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy can address distorted, negative thinking and can be extremely effective for disorders like depression and anxiety. But the demand for these treatments exceeds the resources available. New innovations are sorely needed to fill the gaps, not to replace existing models of treatment, but to extend basic practices of mental well-being to the general public.

In New Hollywood, Lines Blur Between Filmmakers and Viewers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

As young filmmakers lay siege to Hollywood and indie films gather steam against the studio system, the line between creators and consumers begins to blur.

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Faisal Al Mutar | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Faisal Al Mutar

Whenever someone mentions the internet and social media, generally people think of pictures of cats, selfies, and food. But the Internet can do so much more. It has become a central tool in the struggle for human rights.

Startup Accelerator Applying Multisided Crowdsourcing

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Identifying and attracting potential startup firms has so far been a game of chance, with far too much money chasing far too few opportunities. Thos...

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.

Design in Startups from the Get-Go

Soren Petersen | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

There has never been a better time to start a company since there is an abundance of capital, talent and growth rate. The rules of game have changed from a "make and sell" mentality to "how fast can one turn ideas/knowledge."

The Dalai Lama Film : An Interview with Mickey Lemle

Stephanie Spiro | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Stephanie Spiro

This month I'd like to focus on the timely and extraordinarily important Kickstarter campaign for filmmaker Mickey Lemle's The Dalai Lama Film, raising funds on Kickstarter until August 10th.

Move the Crowd

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Savas Abadsidis

Ever since Zack Brown raised over $50K for his potato salad recipe on Kickstarter, the world has tried to make heads or tails over what the winning formula for a successful crowd sourcing campaign should entail. Enter Dekker Dreyer.

5 Sites That Make Your Small Business Life Easier

Ebong Eka | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Starting a business is easy... If you're thinking I'm nuts, I will explain. Running your business is the difficult part.

7 Crowd Funding Alternatives to Potato Salad

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Jessica Miller-Merrell

I happened upon the potato salad Kickstarter crowd funding after seeing an article in my Facebook feed over the holiday weekend. I clicked the link. I...

8 Content Marketing Tips for When No One Reads Your Content

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.13.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Congrats on posting your infographic, blog, video or webinar. One problem: Uncle Jeb is your only reader. So what should you do?