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This holiday rather than working, we decided to take a brief vacation and travel down the beautiful California coast. Only problem was by Christmas night we realized that we hadn't even opened those guide books we took out of the library or done any planning whatsoever -- and I was somewhat to hesitant to fly totally blind.
Would using simple crowd sourcing via social media/social networks be a faster, easier, and perhaps better way to plan this trip? After all, that's how teens these days plan their activities. And for that matter, how much advanced planning did we really need to do if weren't booking flights?
For an easy and simple experiment, I did the following:
(1) Created a google map with our route
(2) Set up a google document that anyone could edit and asked for tips about places to see, wildlife viewing, and restaurants.
(3) Sent out a tweet asking for suggestions and pointing to the document
Within an half hour, the document will filled with some fabulous tips. I did need to do some filtering and critical evaluation. I spent another half hour reviewing the the suggestions, cross-referencing with our guide books and sites like YELP, Trip Advisor, and Web sites. I also searched for some decent
So, here is a somewhat simple and easy recipe for getting input on plans. Maybe this works only for crazy people like me who might crowd source advice for their vacations, but I got a lot of value from it. It wasn't overwhelming or time consuming and I think it made for a better vacation experience.
How would you apply a simple crowdsourcing to your nonprofit's work?