Crowdsourcing For Collaboration

Is crowdsourcing the ultimate form of collaboration? Check out the leaders in each category and see if/how they can be applicable to your business. E-mail us if you think we missed any important or new ones.

Focus on Graphics/Visuals


iStockphotoThe world's leading royalty-free stock destination. Search for over 4 million photographs, vector illustrations, video footage, audio tracks and Flash files. Buy images or sell images — or both.


crowdSPRINGCrowdspring is the marketplace for creative services. All you have to do is post your project (logo, website, brochure etc, and then watch the world submit ideas. Usually you get at least 77 designs and then you simply choose the one you like. In addition to crowdSPRING, there are other market leaders like

Focus on DIY Idea Sourcing


KlusterEveryone deserves a voice is Kluster's mentality. By enabling you to create your own 'kluster' - a new breed of group decision-making tool that helps you bubble-up new ideas, identify the best ones, and make better decisions.

Focus on Money (crowdfunding)



Kickstarter is a way to fund ideas and endeavors. It is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers and more...

fundable-crowdfunding.jpg lets groups of people pool funds to make purchases or raise money. Similar to online auctions, Fundable's pages are created by people who use this site. Each project has a description of how much money needs to be collected and what it will do. Once enough pledges (not payments) have been collected, Fundable turns them into real payments and sends the total to the project's organizer.


Create A FundOnline Fundraising Made Easy - is their claim to fame. Connect to donors. Organizations use CreateaFund to accelerate their fundraising results by leveraging social media to make giving easy, fun and contagious!


SellaBandSellaband provides an alternative to the traditional music industry. It is a platform that empowers artists to record their next album, funded by their fans. is another close competitor. It allows a social web community that allows Fans the opportunity to "buy stock" in a Band.

Focus on Getting Work Done


Amazon Mechanical TurkMechanical Turk is a marketplace for work. They (Amazon) give businesses and developers access to an on-demand, scalable workforce. Workers select from thousands of tasks and work whenever it's convenient.


oDeskAlbeit a very bold tagline "changing how the world works," one website can literally change you entire business. It allows you to hire, manage, and pay remote contractors as if they were in your office.

Focus on Listening to Your Customers (DIY)


Starting with a free service, IdeaScale powers feedback communities. Users vote and comment on ideas. Innovation is driven by the wisdom of the crowd.


Cambrian House enables crowdsourcing to harnesses the power of a community, using advanced social media technology and knowledge of crowd behaviour, to collect, evolve and rank ideas and contributions to reveal the strongest performers. They claim using 'Chaordix' crowdsourcing technology gives you the means to tap your crowd for clear business purpose including, research & development, product innovation, brand collaboration and business improvement.

Focus on Listening to Your Customers (Big Corporations)


Claiming to be the industry leader by harnessing the 'collective genius' of your company, they boast an impressive roster of leading organizations. Undoubtedly a leader of collaborative innovation and enterprise crowdsourcing solutions they use unique software, processes and insights to get breakthrough results.


CrowdcastFocusing on harnessing the knowledge dispersed throughout your organization, Crowdcast gathers diverse knowledge, eliminates politics and bias, improves accuracy and allows real time forecast changes.


FellowforceFellowforce claims to be the leading platform for open innovation and problem solving. Perfect for sharing innovative ideas, gathering specific expertise, problem solving, and open source challenges. It is ideal for organizations that want to involve experts, consumers, customers, and more to help with product innovation or problem solving.

Focus on Cool Ideas


ThreadlessArtists or anyone with some spare creativity can submit their T-shirt designs. The designs get voted by the community. The top rated designs get then produced and sold back to anyone interested.


Spot.usAn open source project, to pioneer “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us, the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.


TwanguUsing Facebook, Twangü is a group buying application that allows you to get volume discounts on the stuff you want to buy. First, build your shopping team and then watch thousands of vendors bid on your team's business.



ClickWorkers was a small NASA experimental project that used public volunteers (clickworkers) for scientific tasks that require human perception and common sense, but not a lot of scientific training. Clickworkers could work when and for how long they chose, doing routine analysis that would normally require months of work by scientists or graduate students. The web site and database were created and are being maintained by one engineer working part time, advised by two scientists. The pilot study was sponsored by the NASA Ames Director's Discretionary Fund.


Distributed ProofreadersDistributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.


Open Government Initiative (TSA)The Open Government Initiative TSA IdeaFactory is participatory, collaborative and transparent. It is a website that allows TSA employees to develop, promote, and improve innovative ideas for programs, processes, and technologies and share them directly, without filter, to the entire TSA community.


Second LifeSecond Life is a free online virtual world imagined and created by its Residents. It claims that from the moment you enter Second Life, you'll discover a fast-growing digital world filled with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity.