The concept of crowdsourcing has rightfully increased in popularity in recent years, proving there truly is strength in numbers. From reporting traffic jams in real time to finding climate change solutions, society is learning the input of many has the potential to be far more powerful than the authority of few.
With thousands of associations operating around the world, we have the perfect environment to benefit from such a concept. We’re all wrestling with similar issues, and we’re all working to implement potential solutions. With that said, what would it look like if we crowdsourced ideas?
AssociationSuccess.org played around with this concept, and the results were promising: We asked for examples of good design, and received a deluge of responses from people eager to share the beautiful accomplishments of their associations. From there, this article wrote itself.
We asked for examples of how to recover from member email fails, and the replies constructed the thesis that such bloopers are best handled with a helping of humor.
So, now we asked ourselves, how can we expand on this? On one side, we’ve got people who are eager to share their ideas. And on the other side, we’ve got people who will greatly benefit from them.
That is why we are introducing a new feature to our weekly emails. At the moment, subscribers to our site receive featured articles and industry updates, but now we will be including a specific call for contributions for upcoming articles.
People will then be able to offer a suggestion, tell a story, or give an example, to contribute communally to a piece.
So if you feel you have a brain that needs picking, keep your eyes peeled for the next crowdsourcing appeal (if you’re not already a subscriber, you can subscribe through the form below).
HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK?
Step 1: Subscribe to AssociationSuccess.org.
Step 2: Look out for our weekly emails that will include a call-for-contributions for a particular article topic.
Step 3: Reply directly to the email to supply your contribution: this could be in the form of an anecdote, a specific example, an idea you have been forming or a strategy your association might have implemented. You can even include ideas for future articles.
Step 4: Expect a response from us detailing possible next steps.
Step 5: See the crowdsourced article on AssociationSuccess.org that shares a variety of these credited contributions with the wider association community.
And with that, let’s cast the net wide! The more people involved in this initiative, the richer the insights we will gather. Please share this article and help us get the word out!