I came across a site this morning called Kluster:
kluster is a place to harness the power of community collaboration to get stuff done. everyone has ideas, we provide a platform to get them out of heads and into the world…where they belong.
Crowdsourcing refers to outsourcing a task to a large group of undefined people often in the form of an open call to participate. For example, author Timothy Ferriss has put out an open invitation to edit his best selling The 4-Hour Workweek in preparation for the next edition of the book.
Kluster seems like an innovative way to enable and formalize the crowdsourcing process. It would appear to work like this:
- You post an idea (for example a product idea, an event, a design task) and a reward.
- The idea, called a project, gets broken down into phases which represent smaller manageable deliverables.
- The community proposes solutions for each phase. These proposed solutions can be critiqued, improved and refined by others in the crowd.
- The community can invest in the various solutions (like a stock market of solution candidates).
Kluster then uses an advanced decision making algorithm to determine the best solution in each phase:
Rather then just choosing the most popular item, kluster uses advanced algorithms to make decisions. All the activity and participation on kluster is stored and analyzed. The data is used in the decision-making process. Each user's successes, failures, reputation, areas of expertise, and overall history are considered. This encourages users to earn respect, to act positively, and most importantly, enables extremely educated decisions to be made using real world logic.
The reward gets paid out according to who invested in the winning solutions. By formalizing and facilitating the crowdsourcing process, Kluster could allow you to have one more rather interesting outsourcing option. Check out the Kluster tour:
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