Smarter Crowdsourcing

By Beth Simone Noveck

Smarter Crowdsourcing is a method that combines rigorous problem definition with crowdsourcing to attract diverse ideas from global experts and rapidly develop those ideas into actionable proposals. In this lesson Beth Simone Noveck describes how public institutions, when faced with a complex and often overwhelming challenge like COVID-19, can use the Smarter Crowdsourcing methodology to identify and break down problems, engage with leading experts through online conferences, and develop executable implementation plans. While Smarter Crowdsourcing is useful for developing actionable solutions in the midst of a crisis, it is also an invaluable tool in building a network of experts for public servants to turn to when further challenges arise in the future.

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