What’s Crowdsourcing Have to Do with It?

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I enjoyed Dan Wood’s recent Forbes article entitled, The Myth of Crowdsourcing. But, his argument is confusing. Here’s the core of what he’s saying:

But in the popular press, and in the minds of millions of people, the word crowdsourcing has created an illusion that there is a crowd that solves problems better than individuals. For the past 10 years, the buzz around open source has created a similar false impression. The notion of crowds creating solutions appeals to our desire to believe that working together we can do anything, but in terms of innovation it is just ridiculous.

There is no crowd in crowdsourcing. There are only virtuosos, usually uniquely talented, highly trained people who have worked for decades in a field. Frequently, these innovators have been funded through failure after failure. From their fervent brains spring new ideas. The crowd has nothing to do with it. The crowd solves nothing, creates nothing.

Hmmmm…

So, individuals innovate and groups don’t. But what’s that have to with crowdsourcing?

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