The smartest businesses know that they don’t have the power anymore. The people do. The conversation has shifted from focused, monolithic companies telling the consumer what they need to widespread, decentralized networks built by consumers themselves. Today’s top tech businesses gain their strength not from...

Crowdsourcing has been around for a very long time. Although the term was coined in 2005 by Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson, editors at Wired, and though it is referred to as a form of Internet-based activities, there are many examples of projects which in retrospect...

Increasingly visible crowdsourcing platforms like Threadless scale quickly by harnessing the innovation power of crowds and capitalizing on networking effects. However, failure cases such as Quirky, show that sustaining ventures built upon crowdsourcing is a daunting task. Comparing Threadless’s success and Quirky’s failure provides valuable...

Following a successful one day CSW Summit last June we are back in October to Washington D.C., the world’s acknowledged policy and innovation center, for a five day Global Conference that will be the biggest and boldest Crowdsourcing Week event yet, built around our 2018...

Tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris International (PMI), owner of the world’s leading cigarette brand Marlboro, has an aim that may seem strange: they are designing a smoke-free future through the development of Reduced Risk Products (RRPs). As part of the process of developing less harmful products,...