Category Archives: Crowds

Understanding how and why people participate in crowd events

The participation and collective effervescence in crowd events is a perennial issue in social sciences, however, it has scarcely been researched from the point of view of the attendees. This article helps to fill the gap with an exploratory descriptive … Continue reading

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The Politics of Misinformation

The Politics of Misinformation is a critical examination of how and why the public has confidence in political progress and innovation even though most change is superficial. Concentrations of social and economic power produce illusions that create the impression of … Continue reading

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The Politics of Crowds

When sociology emerged as a discipline in the late nineteenth century, the problem of crowds constituted one of its key concerns. It was argued that crowds shook the foundations of society and led individuals into all sorts of irrational behaviour. … Continue reading

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Crowdstorm – the Future of Innovation, Ideas, and Problem Solving

A practical guide to tapping into the abundant ideas and talent outside your organization. Successful organizations are constantly searching for new ideas. Historically, organizations have looked to their employees and select partners. They have used techniques like brainstorming to gather … Continue reading

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Consensus Decision Making in Human Crowds

In groups of animals only a small proportion of individuals may possess particular information, such as a migration route or the direction to a resource. Individuals may differ in preferred direction resulting in conflicts of interest and, therefore, consensus decisions … Continue reading

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Collective Information Processing and Pattern Formation in Swarms, Flocks, and Crowds

The spontaneous organization of collective activities in animal groups and societies has attracted a considerable amount of attention over the last decade. This kind of coordination often permits group-living species to achieve collective tasks that are far beyond single individuals’ … Continue reading

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Group Minds and Mindset – On the Identities of Crowds

This book seeks to detail what we mean when we speak of human associations – groups, organizations and whole societies – as composite minds in their own right, with characteristic identities and changing mindsets of their own. The book’s first … Continue reading

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Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World

Over the past decade there has been a growing public fascination with the complex connectedness of modern society. This connectedness is found in many incarnations: in the rapid growth of the Internet, in the ease with which global communication takes … Continue reading

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Crowd Memory: Learning in the Collective

Crowd algorithms often assume workers are inexperienced and thus fail to adapt as workers in the crowd learn a task. These assumptions fundamentally limit the types of tasks that systems based on such algorithms can handle. This paper explores how … Continue reading

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Safecast Draws on Power of the Crowd to Map Japan’s Radiation

Eight months after a tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Japan, ordinary people are using new technology and the power of crowdsourcing to find radiation hotspots. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports from Japan. Wherever they go, they draw a … Continue reading

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