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Simon Mainwaring

Hi Beth,

So glad you're teasing apart these issues as they are so critical to a non-profits success. I do believe using a networked approach to source potential partners is smart and effective because you get the extra reach and exposure you want and find those with the right core competencies. Often crowdsourced ideas are hit and miss or the onus of execution falls on the organization running the program. This example above seems a smart way to avoid both issues and has enormous potential.

Glad your trip was good and thanks for sharing, Simon

This is really interesting. I especially like the combined input from the community plus judges - neither alone provides the richness of feedback you get from both together.

A good example of crowdsourcing (albeit a limited "crowd") to solve a complex development problem is Stanford Design School's (the '') "Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability" which applies the design process to addressing a development issue. The feedback comes from real constituents, but oftentimes students leverage social media for quick feedback. You can learn more about the class here: I took the class in one of the first years and we had some real good output from the groups, including d.light ( which came out of one of our student projects.

Julio Vasconcellos

sorry, forgot to sign that last comment :-)
- Julio Vasconcellos

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