I just got back from the 2nd Annual CrowdConf. It was great to see how many new digital tools are being developed to abundance of the crowd. You could feel the momentum of a whole new way of working emerging from this collection of start-ups.
It did feel a bit like this young group of companies was trying to develop into an industry. While there needs to be standards developed to do things like protect people’s rights as new ways of working are developed, crowdsourcing is not an industry. Crowdsourcing is a tool. Each of us are using the tool to disrupt the status quo in our own industries. Whether it’s Trada, uTest, Crowdflower, Poptent or Victors & Spoils we’re not focused on competing with each other but compete with companies in our own industries that are built on old business models.
Instead of an industry crowdsourcing is more of a collective, one in which people openly share ideas and solutions to problems. This kind of collaboration keeps me energized.
The world is changing fast and how we all work is only one aspect of that.