Crowdsourcing: another Web 2.0 term for online collaboration

Crowsourcing is merely a geeky way of saying “two heads are better than one” … only with web-based Software as a Service applications. Here are three examples of crowsourcing apps we’ve discussed before:

A wiki is a collaborative website where users can add and modify pages from the comfort of their web browser. Often such sites are encyclopedic in nature. A good example of such an application is WikiSpace: a free and easy-to-use Wiki service that allows registered users to both contribute to and benefit from your church and/or charity’s knowledge base.
Customer Relationship Management
Often referred to as a CRM, this is a shared communication and tracking tool that help church and charity staff and volunteers track leads, feed the hungry, tend to the widow and orphan, visit the infirmed and/or imprisoned, mange prayer requests … and of course to track down them donors. Plaid is an excellent example of such an online application; written by someone whom has direct experience with such ministerial needs.
Mind Mapping
Mind mapping is defined is a diagramming process which includes a central key idea, task or words, radially surrounded by child or peer ideas, tasks or words. In the end, you wind up with a octopus-like picture of a mind-dump.

As Josh Catone correctly asserts in his article entitled ‘Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One:’

“The ‘wisdom of crowds’ is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki’s book of the same name …

… Crowdsourcing can be looked at as an application of the wisdom of crowds concept, in which the knowledge and talents of a group of people is leveraged to create content and solve problems.”

Once again, if all you see is brochureware when you look at your church website, then you’re missing a ‘World Wide Web 2.0‘ of opportunity to collaborate with other members of your congregation as well as the Church Body – from anywhere on the planet.