Crowdsourcing Fundamentals

The proliferation of computer resources, increased user access, and the high integration of information in everyday life allows more and more people to tap into the potential of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is defined as the practice of obtaining services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially the online community. In this blog post, we go over the fundamentals of crowdsourcing, such as its contemporary meaning, reasons for use, and the various forms of crowdsourcing.

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The Challenges of a Growing Community

Growing a community creates challenges. First, a community must find a reason to expand. Not every community will want or need the growth. Second, growing a community requires reaching out beyond core users to attract diverse members, but this could cause a group to deviate from its original goals. Lastly, creating growth itself isn’t the only issue. The group must have a plan and ability to maintain itself once it has grown to a sustainable size. Continue reading The Challenges of a Growing Community

Do shared values create a successful community?

“Find people who share your values, and you’ll conquer the world together” said John Ratzenberger, who played “Cliff” on Cheers. Despite Ratzenberger not being a community expert, this quote speaks volumes about an inherent characteristic of communities, which is that they come together and stay together because of shared values. For a community to exist in harmony and succeed, their members need to share the values of the group. The members also need to feel like they have a purpose within the group. Continue reading Do shared values create a successful community?

What is a community, and why do they matter?

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

This quote expresses the fundamental reason for building a community, which is that a group of individuals, working together, can accomplish more than an individual working alone. Communities have long been established part of the human experience and serve a basic human need – the need to belong.

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