han in a crowd

crowdsourcing word


to an undefined large group

From the Essence of Connected Learning (video)

at 5:10 – The problem is effective matchmaking… it’s not so much about finding the information anymore.. but about bringing people together who want to learn together… This is fundamentally reconfiguring what we think of as the problem and goal of education. – Mimi Ito

at 7:15 – It’s about expertise that’s widely distributed in our society and culture, and the fact that anybody can help somebody else get better at something.  – Mimi Ito


So via a declaration of interdependence as a redefinition toward equity, we outsource learning and life to the city/community. Each individual ends up crowdsourcing their (local & global) communities, the publics they choose. Networked individualism abounds.

ie 1:

Imagine, an 80 year old, who most likely takes too much medication, his family/friends rarely visit, so he spends much of his time watching TV.

Imagine a 12 year old, who most likely takes too much medication, spends a lot of time playing videos games, yet who dreams of being and doing something similar to what the 80 year old has done and been.

Imagine these two connecting per passion, per choice, rather than per kindness. Soon, neither can wait to get up in the morning. And at night, well the 80 year old now has wifi, and is stretching his expertise to no end, from the curiosity and energy flowing over from the 12 year old, and vice versa.

ie 2:

As we let go of our overwhelming mandates/policies for how/what/where/when to learn, we find we don’t need more resources. So much of what we seek, is right in front of us. When we start talking/listening in our community, perhaps we find a lady down the street who has been translating Japanese for years, a man two blocks over is a lawyer on the board for a homeless safe house, a woman across town is a local university researcher, looking into the Antarctic ozone layer. We find resources and spaces sitting idly by, tucked away in pockets, and people eager for an exchange/share. When we take notice of what we already have, we find more of what we need.

If we could listen to and then facilitate every person’s curiosities/stories/thinking, why would we not? Imagine the beauty and freedom in that.

Perhaps we’ve not imagined ourselves doing it before, because it seemed too big… to know/do. The web is showing us that big is even bigger than we ever imagined. But it’s also showing us what a network is, what linking is all about, how alluring rabbit-holing can be. We now have the means for the universe to be following their whimsy, by crowdsourcing. We now know too much to not crowdsource.


huge.. great article. people are starting to get this – why cities and crowdsourding.
yet – no one is freeing up the now claimed #2 market in the us, at 1.3 trillion.. public ed, where we have brilliant minds .. all ages.. yet grouped by age.. held up in classrooms for 7hrs a day.. prepping for tests, or stressed about test results (performance on something soon trashed. rather than the flourishing of a city).

Article – crowd-sourcing-future-british-columbia:

In other words, in a “crowdsourcing” era, it’s time to tap into the wisdom of crowds – the kind that are ousting old dictators and choosing new leaders, many of them women and Indigenous people. It’s time not for talking, but for building communities and economies. It’s time for creating jobs and community-owned, clean-energy projects, even while restoring the role of culture and artists in the decision-making process.

The problem – so clearly unresolved in Rio – is one of disconnection between crowds and their governments. “Most governments are stuck in the 20th century … top down, stable, predictable and all about execution,” says Andrea Reimer, councillor, leader of the Green City Action Team in the West coast city of Vancouver.

Cities, on the other hand, are closer to the people. They work well “as a proving ground for resilience and innovation,” Reimer says. That’s why Vancouver borrows so freely from social innovators, people who she describes ad: “nimble, innovative, creating the future we want, sharing power with the people … tolerating risks, and supporting mobilized communities.”


On the resourcefulness of crowdsourcing, et al.


sound crowdsourcing – thunderclap



MIT Media Lab (@medialab) tweeted at 2:35 PM – 29 Oct 2017 :

The crowd funds only “what the crowd wants to fund.” @AnnaMinton cites @CivicMIT alum @rodrigodavies on crowdfunding

Civic crowdfunding is privatisation masquerading as democracy

Truly representative decision making may not be as easy as marrying populism with entrepreneurial get-up-and-go.

outsourcing decisions about what should be funded to a populist conception of “the public”, where those with the funds set the agenda.

consensus.. decision making.. et al.. there’s a nother way

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way