Can You Crowdsource Social Good?

Why not end the work week on an up-beat note?

Mashable has an article this morning entitled, “Can Crowdsourcing Make Any Dream Come True?” In it, they explore the idea of crowdsourcing social good with a look at the site Wish Upon a Hero.

The site allows anybody to post a “wish,” the content of which can range from good deeds like helping families affected by the tornado in Joplin, Missouri to – this one’s real – help with paying to have a tattoo removed. The community then decides who’s wishes are most deserving of being granted. Over 78,000 have been fulfilled so far.

We’ve talked often in the past about the value of crowdsourcing, and the knowledge that can come from the wisdom of a crowd. Does it apply here as well? Can the crowd identify the most appropriate uses of resources for matters of social good? Will they weed out those just looking to make a buck? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this interesting use of the crowdsourcing approach.

Have a great weekend!

About Joshua Hoffman

Joshua Hoffman is Technology Specialist at Microsoft and a frequent contributor to Research Access.

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