Crowdsourcing or collaboratively creating content of any kind becomes dicey very quickly and the odds of creating something greater than the sum of its parts are low. In fact, creating by committee generally leads to utter crap. (When was the last time you read and enjoyed a story written line by line by contributors?) But with collaborative sites and, in my view, a talented orchestrator, it might be possible to create something of quality or, at least, facilitate an interesting experience, regardless of the end product.
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Article SeriesPart 1: Figuring out crowdsourcing: What does it mean? What's working? What isn't?
Part 2: Crowdfunding, Investing and Donation 2.0
Part 3: Digital Suggestion Box: how big corporations are asking for help
Part 4: The Competition Model
Part 5: The evolution of mass customization and personal manufacturing
Part 6: Expert sourcing for problem solving and innovation
Part 7: Many hands make light work: The atomization of work
Part 8: Collaborative Content Creation; or, Crowdsourcing your way to creativity