Keith Sawyer, author of the book “Group Genius” wrote: “All inventions emerge from a long sequence of small sparks. Collaboration brings small sparks together to generate breakthrough innovation.” We are each a spark and bringing us together is known as “crowdsourcing”. Today, many challenges are addressed and resolved through a multitude of ideas being shared across the world, each just as unique as those who contribute, to make what was once impossible possible.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, utilized crowdsourcing to help achieve Education for All, taking on challenges facing girls’ education in Ethiopia and Tanzania to lower drop-out rates in secondary schools in those countries. Funded by the Packard Foundation, within the framework of UNESCO’s global partnership for girls’ and women’s education, the effort encouraged girls and their communities to propose solutions to the obstacles that prevented them from completing their educations. The result was a new set of ideas to address education policies.
As our world grows more complex and ever smaller thanks to technology, the problems we will all face will require solutions we can all manage. In our world, whether its recycling hard to recycle items, hazardous items, or finding a commodity market for all the plastic we use, crowdsourcing is quickly becoming the approach that yields the best results.
If you’d like to help NTCRA crowdsource solutions, join us! Become a member of our Board. Volunteer to work our booth at upcoming events. Together we can achieve the unimaginable.
For more information on the UNESCO effort, read the blog post by our own Meghna Tare, NTCRA Board Member and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at UTA here.
Photo credit: Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration Paperback– March 4, 2008 by Keith Sawyer