Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution using Change.org in a democracy experiment | ©Quartz
Mexico City just launched a massive experiment in digital democracy. It is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media.The crowdsourcing exercise is unprecedented in Mexico—and pretty much everywhere else. Chilangos, as locals are known, can petition for issues to be included in the constitution through Change.org (link in Spanish), and make their case in person if they gather more than 10,000 signatures. They can also annotate proposals by the constitution’s drafters via PubPub, an editing platform (Spanish) similar to Google Docs.
The previous posts about the geography of contributions to Wikipedia showed the varying types of local engagement that different regions have, the primary reason that Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has such a low proportion of locally created content, and some of the ways that Sub-Saharan Africa’s already extremely low proportion of local contributions is inflated by just a few outliers (meaning that the vast majority of content written about countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is created from outside the region).
In all of that work, we employed a simplified distinction of ‘within region’ or ‘outside region’ when considering the geography of edits. However, it is possible to also look at which regions send edits to which other regions. Thus, instead of a univariate map or a bivariate scatter plot, we can represent the data as a network of flows.
Innovation seems to be my new entity’s new motto, there is even a team dedicated to it. As I changed position in the course of this year I kept receiving, for a couple of months, news from my former entity where, what a coincidence, innovation is also emphasized.
I’m all for innovation being part of everyone’s scope of activity, I even wrote about purposely regularly dedicating a decent amount of time, to it . Making a common goal, a commitment that is shared by many, can only be more productive.
Of course, in order to achieve success, a bonus of … 500€ (maximum) was decided. That makes me cringe; excuse me but that’s a petty amount of money. It would be nice to have it in the pocket but hardly enough to make me seriously spend a reasonable amount of time for a good idea, if any thoughtful innovation is to be expected.
You give a little you get a little.
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A number of companies are experimenting with internal crowdfunding. This has the potential to be a successful way to spark innovation and evaluate employee-generated ideas.
Given the attention that crowdfunding and Kickstarter have had in the media over the past two years, it is surprising that more large enterprises have not experimented with crowdfunding internally with employees.
Ideation platforms, where employees can contribute suggestions and ideas and then vote on the best ones to implement, are now commonplace in both large and small companies. Some of these schemes have been in place for over a decade.
Similarly, arguing the business case for your own initiative is now part of corporate culture, and some organisations have an “innovation” fund for new projects which may be regarded as extraordinary spend, above and beyond normal functional or departmental budgets.
With idea management widespread and pitching for funding part a frequent activity, perhaps enterprise crowdfunding is not such a huge cultural leap.
We’ve all heard of the “wisdom of crowds” especially after James Surowiecki’s 2004 best-selling book by that name and Scott Page’s 2007 “The Difference.” A recent entry into the English dictionary, dating from around 2006, is indeed “crowdsource.” In the last decade, every manner of organization has begun using crowdsourcing technology to do everything from write software toproofread text to design armored vehicles. Facebook famously crowdsources the translation of its pages. Remarkably, Iceland recently crowdsourced amending its constitution.
So why does the US Congress, a crowd of 535, seem so remarkably un-wise?
The reason: Group wisdom flourishes under certain conditions, diversity of thought and independence of judgment, virtually impossible under our current plurality voting and single–seat, winner-takes-all (often gerrymandered) Congressional districts.
The good news: This is relatively easy to fix–without overthrowing the government.
Crowdsourcing Instagram To Find Where To Have A Good Time | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
Instagram has a remarkable way of letting you know exactly what you’re missing. But a new app called Now aims to turn Instagram’s data into a key for social access rather than a way to breed loneliness, by parsing activity at locations with a heavy volume of Instagram uploads to figure out “where the party’s at,” as Nelly puts it. For example, if 100 photos are suddenly Instagrammed at a bar near you where a popular DJ is spinning, Now lets you know it might be a place to go have a good time.”Think of it as a free, live city guide,” Now’s creators write on its website. “Most discovery apps focus on venues and show old and out-dated tips. Now shows you places through the experiences happening there.”