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Why the Future of Your Brand Will Be Crowdsourced

Why the Future of Your Brand Will Be Crowdsourced | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece is written by Simon Mainwaring on his blog, I selected it because I loved reading his book We First and he is truly an inspiration to me and many others. Today is his birthday and the world is definitely a better place because he's in it! Happy Birthday Simon!!


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In this article, Simon talks about the power of crowdsourcing through social media. and uses the example of how it has been demonstrated through the power of citizen activism during the economic collapse and bankruptcy in Iceland when 950 people were randomly selected to spend a day discussing a new constitution.


Their meetings were open to the public streamed live on its Facebook page. They also had a Twitter and Youtube account where they interacted with the public and created a constitution written by the people for the people.


Here's what caught my attention:


**What’s important to keep in mind when we think about the future is that social media enables all parties to have a platform. 


**We can use it as a tool to unify our voices as thoughtful, compassionate beings seeking to build a better world for all humankind.


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Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media

Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
We asked Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, Gina Bianchini, and more than a dozen others. Here's what they said.


This article by Dan Frommer and Jen Ortiz for Business Insider links to a slideshow with quotes from major Social Media company CEOs and co-founders, intellectuals and a Curated Twitter persona, among others about their takes on the future of Social Media. 


Here's just one of them, from Dae Mellencamp, CEO of Vimeo:


**** "The future of social media is the loss of the distinction between media and social interaction online. Mass media and social media will be seamlessly integrated across devices and platforms to offer relevant, dynamic, personalized experiences for people anywhere.


**Discoverability and the import of editorial curation will not be lost, but rather inherently incorporated into the environments for richer and more customized experiences."


The full article has many more gems and is well worth a few minutes of your time!


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Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders

Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I found this fascinating article about collective intelligence on Howard Rhinegold's topics, right here in the scoopit community. He has several amazing pieces in his topic infotention, take a look around, this will expand your mind and usher you into the future......thank you Howard for continually bringing us quality content that makes us think!!


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"I have recently finished reading the book 'The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few' by James Surowiecki and I can strongly recommend it to anyone that is interested in how opinions are conformed, and why self-organisation might...


http://digitalministry.com/UK/articles/1460/Why%20canalizing%20the%20collective%20intelligence%20turns%20us%20into%20leaders%20/1


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Finding Meaning Together on the Real-Time Web

This is an inspiring piece by Jeff Pulver, Founder of the #140 Conferences, angel investor, curator and so much more. I have had the good fortune of attending the #140 Conferences, meeting people in real life, hearing about miracles that occurred as a result of connecting through social networks.


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We are seeing what happens when you are living in a world where hundreds of millions of people can discover each other, and communicate directly; where barriers to entry and in fact gatekeepers slowly go away.


We are seeing what happens when people discover each other, discover that they can feel and connect, and can touch and engage.


We now have generations of people who realize that they are living in a world of 7 billion other people, and where for the first time in our human history every voice matters. There is profoundness in terms of where this brings us.


There is a virtualization even though we are in the physical. There is still something happening spiritually, that is touching, changing, and connecting many of us.


Some of us, unfortunately are kind of numb to it. They do not get it. They feel something but they do not know why they feel it.


There are other people who actually have this intense ability not only to feel, but sometimes affect positive change. So these technologies are helping us accelerate some things.


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Is Massively Collaborative Mathematics Possible? Yes, Here's How!

Clay Shirky http://www.shirky.com referred to this blog post in his talk today “Social Media, Curating, and Convening: Getting Value from Group Interaction” http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/nevc2011/


The post is about The Polymath Project on Growers blog Clay talked about how to harvest collective wisdom on complex problems.


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"Of course, one might say, there are certain kinds of problems that lend themselves to huge collaborations. One has only to think of the proof of the classification of finite simple groups, or of ar of a rather different kind of example such as a search for a new largest prime carried out during the downtime of thousands of PCs around the world.


****But my question is a different one.


****What about the solving of a problem that does not naturally split up into a vast number of subtasks?


****Are such problems best tackled by people for some that belongs to the set ? (Examples of famous papers with four authors do not count as an interesting answer to this question.)


Here's a highlight from this piece: Think of the implications in other areas of collaboration in ways that are valuable to your community.


**Suppose one had a forum (in the non-technical sense, but quite possibly in the technical sense as well) for the online discussion of a particular problem. The idea would be that anybody who had anything whatsoever to say about the problem could chip in.


**And the ethos of the forum — in whatever form it took — would be that comments would mostly be kept short. In other words, what you would not tend to do, at least if you wanted to keep within the spirit of things, is spend a month thinking hard about the problem and then come back and write ten pages about it.


****Rather, you would contribute ideas even if they were undeveloped and/or likely to be wrong. This suggestion raises several questions immediately. First of all, what would be the advantage of proceeding in this way?


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