Crowdsourcing is the gathering of ideas, content, voices, and services by leveraging the collective intelligence and wisdom of crowds. Traditional top-down approaches to planning have proven ineffective when it comes to planning cities that are equitable, livable, sustainable, and that enhance the well-being of the various communities found in a city. As a result, planners must explore alternative methods of organizing that leverage our increased access to citizens and technology. Crowdsourcing is a plausible, meaningful, and creative solution to the many of the challenges and inefficiencies of traditional urban planning.
The purpose of this course is to introduce planners to crowdsourcing and how it can be of use in planning. The core focus of this course is to 1) introduce the concept of crowdsourcing, 2) discuss the various forms of crowdsourcing, and 3) the opportunities in utilizing crowdsourcing.