Crowdsourcing for Problemsolving – Live!

ASAENext week the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place and over 5,000 industry professionals will charge Atlanta to learn more from an association of almost  10,000 organizations. Their mission is to “transform society through the power of collaborative action.” And because crowdsourcing is one of the most unpredictable and useful tools in quantum leaps of collaboration, it’s no surprise that Monday afternoon will feature a live crowdsourcing event.

Right now, speakers Rich Johnston, Josh Folk and Maddie Grant along with ASAE have charged ASAE members with generating ideas to a question:

How can we facilitate higher-value connections as conferences such as ASAE?

They’ve tasked attendees (and non-attendees) with generating ideas about how to better meet up, connect, share, and solve problems together. Site visitors need only to submit ideas (before August 5th), review other submissions, and vote for the best one (without the pressure of being asked to solve the whole problem right then).

The site is already brimming with ideas, but the real results of this live experience won’t be dealt out until the in-person session on Monday at 3:15 p.m. in room B214. There, the existing content will begin to metamorphasize in front of the audience working to solve this shared problem.

The session description reads as follows:

“This highly interactive session will demonstrate how crowd-sourcing can be used with your members to solve mission-related challenges. You’ll be joined by online colleagues nationwide to work together LIVE to select a common association problem, identify possible solutions, and build on each other’s ideas—a real-time test of “the wisdom of crowds.” Bring a cell phone with Internet and texting capability. You determine the outcome of this session! Then put innovation into practice with your own members.”

So if you’re interested in seeing how a crowdsourcing process can take place in real time, be sure to share ideas or visit the session. Even if you’re not in the room, you can still take part – which really is one of the key benefits of any crowdsourcing initiative.

How would you better connect at events? How would you take networking to the next level?

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