Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Assignment Zero: Crowdsourced Journalism

The massive database of interviews on the subject of crowdsourcing is live on Assignment Zero, including my interview by Leah DeVun. I wonder how Jeff Howe feels about his term "crowdsourcing" exploding into thousands of splinter efforts in under one year (his article on crowdsourcing first appeared in the June 2006 issue of Wired). It's a revolution!

I'm also a member (although non-participating because of overcommittedness) of Cooperation Commons, another excellent initiative to research, understand and catalog massive cooperation efforts across all disciplines and industries, founded by the guru of future tech, Howard Rheingold.

Pictured: graphic of SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence--at home). Distributed computing was an early form of crowdsourcing.


Jeff said...

How do I feel? Shock and Awe. Oh, and a sense of being completely and helplessly overwhelmed with information. I haven't even begun trying to read all the Assignment Zero interviews, and that's above and beyond trying to keep up with the research of the people and projects I'm already tracking.

Hope you read this. Your name came up a few hours ago when I met Jason Bitner of Found Magazine at a .com mixer in Manhattan. What a neat guy! Anyway, hope you're well and continuing to create and facilitate works of great beauty and mystery.

Andrea Grover said...

Thanks, Jeff. It's good to hear from you, and glad you met Jason Bitner, the Dirty Found daddy. You've given a name to a revolution. Shock and awe seems appropriate!