We explore how innovators are using crowdsourcing today.

Crowdsourcing calls on an entire community to participate, whether by tweeting photos of a protest or by contributing knowledge to a collaboration as large as Wikipedia. The practice, when used effectively, allows researchers to mine the collective potential of individuals around the globe and opens up new possibilities for fields like journalism, social justice and disaster relief. We look at the different ways innovators use crowdsourcing today while asking what obstacles still could be limiting its potential.


Dan Russell

Senior Research Scientist, Search Quality & User Happiness, Google (aka: Google's Director of User Happiness)

Jennifer Chan

Director of Global Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine; associate faculty member, Crisis Dynamics Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Sam Gregory

Program director of Cameras Everywhere Initiative,; adjunct lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

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