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The Rise of Crowdsourcing
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds.html

Pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly funded InnoCentive’s launch in 2001 as a way to connect with brainpower outside the company – people who could help develop drugs and speed them to market.
http://www.innocentive.com/

YourEncore allows companies to find and hire retired scientists for one-off assignments
http://www.yourencore.com/jsp/index.html

NineSigma is an online marketplace for innovations, matching seeker companies with solvers in a marketplace
http://www.ninesigma.net/

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a Web-based marketplace that helps companies find people to perform tasks computers are generally lousy at – identifying items in a photograph, skimming real estate documents to find identifying information, writing short product descriptions, transcribing podcasts
http://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

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ThinkCycle
ThinkCycle is an academic, non-profit initiative engaged in supporting distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities and the environment. ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design innovation, with ongoing collaboration among individuals, communities and organizations around the world.
Health | Education | Energy | Environment
Community | Global Action | Sustainable Living | General
ThinkCycle provides a shared online space for designers, engineers, domain experts and stakeholders to discuss, exchange and construct ideas towards sustainable design solutions in critical problem domains.
http://www.thinkcycle.org/

Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
http://www.uia.org/encyclopedia/volall.php

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