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Shifting Towards Collaborative Consumption

Published by admin on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 in Industry Trends
 
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Why Buy When You Can Rent?

Sharing allows us a deeper insight into the human spirit, which is a fact collaborative consumption thrives on. The term is used to describe a prevalent economic model that involves sharing, bartering, trading, renting etc. as opposed to ownership.

This has made access to goods and services way easier than ever before. Online consumers have grown smarter. Now it takes more than a flashy advertising campaign to make them go into a buying frenzy. Why would they, when they have peer reviews, social media and online forums that can give them a much more accurate evaluation?

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Crowdformers

Published by admin on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 in Crowdfunding/Crowdsourcing
 
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Consider the amount of milk cartons, plastic bottles, aluminum foils, paper and cardboard that we usually throw away every week. What if you could learn to make storage boxes from a single sheet of paper? What if the milk cartons and cardboard boxes could be used to create valuable products for your everyday use?

Crowdformers is a platform for people from all over the world to share their creativity and ideas on utilizing value from what would otherwise be trashed as junk. We follow the 3Rs of waste hierarchy: Recycle, Reuse and Refuse. The Recycling part involves creating new products from junk. The Reusing aspect involves using the recycled items for daily chores; and the Refusing part is covered by eliminating the need for new products.

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An interesting outcome of the Crowdformers platform is that it allows for a variety of individuals to come together on a single website. All share a common passion for creating items out of junk, but they have different preferences. Some individuals focus more on creating items that appeal to the aesthetic senses, while others are more focused on creating things that can be used in our daily lives.

Therefore, a wide and colorful range of instructional videos are present on the platform, teaching you how to create the most beautiful and artsy decorative items as well as how to create basic utility products such as bird feeders out of milk cartons. Such a diverse population of individuals on a single platform can also encourage an increased interaction between recyclers all around the world. Several have inspired each other and have worked together on different projects. The database on items that can be created from everyday junk is growing rapidly, and instructions are available on the website.

When the idea of Crowdformers was conceived, there were four basic purposes which the website was intended to serve for very user:

The site is also aimed at increasing awareness among the younger generations.

The younger generations have been raised in an environment where consumerism is at its peaks. Valuable natural resources are being extracted, and the earth is being polluted, in order to cater to the needs of the market.

It is important for us to not lose sight of the environmental impact of the things we buy. When buying, we must always opt for environment friendly and reusable products. Disposable items are a bane to the environment because

they have minimal reuse value.

Through Crowdformers, younger generations get to learn how to create useful items from every day junk. Thus they get involved in a creative activity, get an increased sense of social awareness and responsibility, and get to have fun while learning. It takes no time to use and dispose a product, but only when you try to build it do you realize the effort it takes to actually make it.

Crowdformers is the best place to learn how to convert junk to spunk;
the site caters to everyone from young children to adults.

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Crowdsourcing The Reuse Of Trash

Published by admin on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in Crowdfunding/Crowdsourcing
 
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In a previous article, I spoke about crowdsourcing and mentioned a list of websites that use crowdsourcing. One of them is Crowdformers, which is a platform to share content on creatively reusing products of minimal or no value.

Consider the amount of milk cartons, plastic bottles, aluminum foils, paper and cardboard that we usually throw away every week. What if you could learn to make storage boxes from a single sheet of paper? What if the milk cartons and cardboard boxes could be used to create valuable products for your everyday use?

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Crowdsourcing

Published by admin on Monday, October 1st, 2012 in Crowdfunding/Crowdsourcing
 
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What is crowdsourcing?

Crowdsourcing has become an astronomic trend in the recent years, promoting innovation and fraternization in business, community, research and administration. Crowdsourcing is collective problem-solving using crowd wisdom. In today’s world it is imperative to know how to move along the network of connected people and leverage off individuals who can contribute knowledge, feedback and ideas to companies. Senior Management has to understand that gone are the days where outsourcing was considered to be a lean business model. Crowdsourcing is here to stay. Ideas are spreading like wildfire thanks to social media, which has helped connect individuals like never before. It is smarter to organize labor as a community, than as a corporate.

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A Primer On Crowdfunding

Published by admin on Sunday, August 12th, 2012 in Crowdfunding/Crowdsourcing
 
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Crowdfunding can be defined as raising funds from the general public usually through internet platforms in order to support a project started by an individual or an organization. Social media websites play a primary role in this regard, as individuals or organizations looking for funds use these websites to reach out to the general public. Instead of asking a small number of sophisticated investors for large amounts, crowdfunding allows an individual or organization to reach out to a large number of people for smaller amounts of money. Incentives such as profit sharing, free products and samples can also be associated with crowdfunding activity. Upcoming platforms such as iFunding give investors access to real estate investing via crowdfunding. This way, crowdfunding might change the way we invest in Real Estate. (more…)

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