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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old Finnish idea: talkoot.
Talkoot is a form of collective voluntary work that’s been practiced in Finland for over 1300 years. The concept dates back to when people first began to build log houses. Because houses had to be completed before winter (and because it’s hard to lift a ridge-pole all on your own) people called on their (often very distant) friends and neighbors to help with construction. By definition, talkoot is unpaid. Reimbursement is usually food, shelter and, of course, the satisfaction of doing a good deed.