Crowdsourcing Social Innovation: Towards a Collaborative Social Capitalism

  • Emanuele Musa
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The growing awareness of humanity’s finite resources and recognition of the limitations of one-off projects are prompting step changes in development planning. Sustainable development addresses the limitations of current practices; its aim is to achieve the triple bottom line of economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social equity, meeting the needs of present society without compromising resources for future generations.

Collective intelligence is considered by both Charles Leadbeater (former advisor to Tony Blair) and MIT as one of the most powerful ways to tackle complex problems, like climate change.

This chapter explores the principles of crowdsourcing, its applications, and the main trends. It presents theories, practices, and examples of the use of crowdsourcing to innovate in the area of sustainable development for the common good. It announces the rise of collective brain-power to the challenge of creating better and more effective forms of civic and social engagement to solve problems on a world scale.


Crowdsourcing Open innovation Collaboration Sustainability Social innovation Lean startup Participatory democracy Stakeholder participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BabeleRoumaniaItaly

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