Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is a great tool for locating potholes and taking surveys – but can it inspire an underdeveloped neighborhood to come together as a community? A developer in Salt Lake City is motivating residents to use DIY techniques in placemaking. Exclusive
May 14, 2013  By Jonathan Nettler
Two D.C. developers are giving people the power to finance development in their own communities, paving the way for a new, democratized approach to commercial real estate investment, Emily Badger reports.
Nov 19, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
First rolled out last year to help crowdsource ideas for tenants for the renovation of a 4,250 sf building in Washington, D.C., the website Popularise is getting its first tryout outside the district at a new 13-story office building in Seattle.
Sep 24, 2012   Seattle Met
As China goes car crazy, a new crowdsourcing website seeks to address the needs of Beijing's lowly pedestrians and bicyclists, reports Nate Berg.
Jul 26, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
<em>Policy Matters</em> looks at a recent article in <em>The Washington Post</em> about Terry Lynch, the city's notorious "pest" who complains about all matters of urban blight, and argues why cities would be better off with more Terrys.
Jun 19, 2012   Policy Matters
As cash-strapped and technologically savvy governments increasingly look to harness the power of the crowd, William D. Eggers and Rob Hamill offer suggestions for "Five Ways Crowdsourcing Can Transform the Public Sphere."
May 25, 2012   Governing
New technologies are providing participatory platforms that allow individuals to share their ideas, interact with other's ideas, and work towards collaborative solutions to resolve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Kevin C. Desouza, PhD offers five guidelines to ensure that the use of such emerging technologies are maximized by practitioners. Exclusive
Mar 5, 2012  By Jonathan Nettler
Michael J. Coren shines a light on an innovative crowdfunding site targeting neighborhood improvements.
Feb 28, 2012   Fast Co.Exisit
In order to educate its citizens on how budgeting decisions are made, and inform decision makers on the priorities of its citizens, Calgary has engaged in an ambitious outreach process to get citizens to participate in drafting the city's budget.
Feb 3, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
As cyclists toured Watts and other parts of South Los Angeles, they were invited to share photographs and record places of interest along the way.
Jan 24, 2012   Los Angeles Times
The Environmental Protection Agency is crowdsourcing a massive photo project to update a 40-year old agency project known as 'Documerica', which includes images of American environmental problems and everyday life.
Jan 9, 2012   Network World