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Thursday, November 10, 2011 A bill that would let entrepreneurs sell ownership stakes in their companies through crowdfunding websites and other online social networks has been overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House. Earlier this month, members of the House voted 407-17 in favor of HR 2930, a bill with the stated goal of making it easier for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to get access to early-stage capital. Two of those "aye" votes came from New Hampshire Republican Reps.
+ Ben Watson That's the sad part and why all the noise on gamification is so frustrating. Many people working in game design seem to feel that way and it is a shame because so many of the very people with the talent and skills to apply the principle to changing the world for the better are fighting the concept as if it is snake oil. I got so excited at the possibilities of gamification when I first heard + Jane McGonigal speak at TED.
Think of it as a DIY intelligence agency: An ambitious collaborative project is inviting volunteers to help crowdsource human rights intelligence from the Syrian rebellion. The joint project, organized by the Standby Task Force and Amnesty International USA 's (AIUSA) Science for Human Rights Program, is distributing up-to-date satellite imagery to volunteers who will search for signs of troop movements, demonstrations, and military actions. Image analysis for the project began in early September. The Standby Task Force's Patrick Meier told Fast Company that the satellite imagery was obtained through DigitalGlobe , who have “kindly provided very recent high resolution satellite imagery for this human rights project.” AIUSA's Science for Human Rights Program specializes in analyzing satellite imagery from around the world for signs of demonstrations, inter-ethnic warfare, and other potential indicators of human rights violations.
An experimental method of guerilla research developed by global innovation firm frog design, frogMob is based on the idea that anyone can channel their inner design researcher by looking for inspiration from everyday life. Tapping into frog’s global networks and the broader community, frogMob encourages people from all over the world to submit their photos and stories to help us take a quick pulse on emerging trends that can inform our design process. Process
I last updated my piece on A Brief History of Crisis Mapping some two years ago, well before the first International Conference on Crisis Mapping was held ( ICCM 2009 ). So a brief update on the past 24 months may be in order, especially for a field that continues to grow so rapidly. When I Googled the term “crisis mapping” in September 2009, I got 8,680 hits.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-46584" title="Screen shot 2011-05-10 at 7.08.12 PM" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/05/Screen-shot-2011-05-10-at-7.08.12-PM.png" alt="" width="640" height="342" /> OK, so it’s not exactly Call of Duty: Somali Coast . Your avatar won’t get its SEAL Team Six on and shoot pirates in the head. But the Navy still wants you — yes, you, gamer — to join in its online gaming effort to figure out what to do about the scourge of piracy. Starting on Monday, the Navy will host one of the least likely online games ever: MMOWGLI, its Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet, something it’s been building since 2009 . In a literal sense, the game is about counterpiracy, as the game encourages players to offer their best suggestions for clearing the seas of the resurgent maritime scourge.
A resource manual for those who loathe tyrants… a disaster for the repressive imperialistic nations:the open source jihad is America's worst nightmare. Al Qaeda's stated goal for Inspire. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula put out a magazine this summer called Inspire.
Spontaneous order, also known as " self-organization ", is the spontaneous emergence of order out of seeming chaos. It is a process found in physical, biological, and social networks, as well as economics, though the term "self-organization" is more often used for physical and biological processes, while "spontaneous order" is typically used to describe the emergence of various kinds of social orders from a combination of self-interested individuals who are not intentionally trying to create order through planning . The evolution of life on Earth, language , crystal structure , the Internet and a free market economy have all been proposed as examples of systems which evolved through spontaneous order. [ 1 ] Naturalists often point to the inherent "watch-like" precision of uncultivated ecosystems and to the universe itself as ultimate examples of this phenomenon. [ citation needed ]
in Share 0 Interview – Stefan Lindegaard I had the opportunity to interview Stefan Lindegaard, author of “The Open Innovation Revolution” recently.
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Accelerate your company's innovation capacity Here are some success stories that show how corporations from around the world have benefited from open innovation. Open Innovation Help for Future Mars Missions NASA, United States With the American space agency NASA feeling the financial pinch it has had to reformulate some of its planned exploration of Mars. Budget cuts meant a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA)...
The power of pull So what can they do besides just bemoaning this loss and passively observing how the new centrifugal forces of the Social, Real-Time Web are disrupting their traditional business and engagement models? Li lays out how business leaders can and (must!) embrace the new rules of openness. John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison, in the The Power of Pull , provide an actionable framework for how these new forces can be leveraged through “shaping strategies” on the individual, institutional, and societal level.
Crowdsourcing + Smartsheet = Smartsourcing Smartsheet is the only online software collaboration tool that makes it possible to connect to an on-demand workforce. We make it easy for you to get work done with co-workers, clients, and vendors so it made sense to us to take it to the next step – we make it easy for you to get work done with a global workforce that’s always available. You may have heard of crowdsourcing, for example Wikipedia, where people do work for free. Smartsheet has created Smartsourcing, which is a form of paid crowdsourcing where you pay for the work to be done and have much more control over the quality of the results.
Suite aux terribles crues qui ont touchées le Pakistan, Faisal Chohan a monté une plate-forme permettant aux personnes sinistrées de faire remonter l'information via SMS. Info qui s'affiche ensuite sur une crowdMap. Il fait le point avec nous, depuis Islamabad. Faisal Chohan est un entrepreneur Pakistanais spécialisé dans les questions technologiques et sociales. Il est co-fondateur de Coligent Solutions et de BrightSpyre.com . Comment en êtes vous venu à mettre en place cette plate-forme de SMS reporting ?
News Analysis July 26, 2010 05:33 PM ET Computerworld - WASHINGTON - The release on Sunday by Wikileaks of more than 90,000 documents about military operations in Afghanistan may just be the start of problems for the U.S. government. The online publication of the documents, which offer an inside -- and potentially embarrassing -- look at the war in Afghanistan between 2004 and the end of 2009, represent a failure by the U.S. to control its classified data from insider threat. And it throws open to the whole world a chance to crowdsource the information the documents contain.