Incase you missed it, here’s a webcast of this week’s crowdsourcing session in NY, part of Social Media Week, hosted by JWT, and facilitated by CEO of crowdsourcing agency Victor & Spoils, John Winsor.
Top takeout: Best definition of crowdsourcing. Ever. “Suggestion Box on Steroids“.
So with 100 million votes (a new record), 2009 American Idol final yesterday received as many votes as the 2000 US presidential election. Kris Allen, you’re as popular as the president. Congratulations. Not sure whether all this voting is a good thing or a bad thing for democracy, nor whether there’s insight into what could be a backlash against the jury’s clear fav. Andrew Lambert – but you’ve got to admire the business model behind American Idol.
Of course we all know it’s nothing to do with making a TV show and everything to do with being a vehicle for spotting and commercializing new talent – crowdsourcing at its best. Here’s a presentation of American Idol as your Business Model.
What can democracy learn from American Idol?
Kris Allen for president anyone?
Featuring Don Tapscott (Wikinomics) and Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody) – the documentary on how Participatory Media is shaking up banking, football, motherhood, and democracy is now online. Inspiring stuff…
Interesting debate hosted by Jeff Howe (author of crowdsourcing) at South by Southwest 2009 conference. Debate focuses on design competitions that require entrants to do “Spec Work” – unpaid speculative work to enter. Does competitive crowdsourcing destroy margins and reduce quality (by allowing anyone to enter)? Or is it Darwinian survival of the fittest logic applied to design?
Thought Mike Samson from CrowdSpring was particularly articulate…