Today omnisourcing, the next generation of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, is making its introduction. It’s a concept that’s not very well-known even though it’s the logical next step. Omnisourcing combines both crowdfunding and crowdsourcing and 12 more expansions.
With omnisourcing you can ask for anything and everything you need. We think that asking for money, when all you’re going to do with it is spend it on the resources you actually need, is a time-consuming detour. Why not ask directly for the things on which you’d just spend the money. Not only would this save time but also effort and energy.
We work with the wedding list principle. This means that the person with the project in mind makes a list of everything he thinks he’d need, like certain knowledge, a logo, volunteers, necessities and of course money. This way people that want to help can decide for themselves where their help would have most impact.
A graphic designer might not have the money to help you buy a logo, but he might have some time to donate to create one for you. The concept will break down barriers. Which will make it easier to ask for help and to offer it. People still feel more useful when they can help with something concrete instead of ‘just’ donating money.
On top of that, the requester of help can always see what he could do for the people willing to help. Maybe the provider also has something he could use help for. This creates a beautiful equal interaction that creates a win-win situation.
Everyone knows the principal of crowdfunding by now. Everywhere on the internet you can find platforms. In short it comes down to the fact that an organisation, company, group or individual asks the crowd for money to fund their project.
This is done by starting a project on platforms that were made for this and indicating the amount of money they think they would need to realise this project. People can make a donation when they believe in this project. It’s a very good way to reach people who would be unaware of the project and thus wouldn’t be able to help.
Crouwdsourcing is another well-known concept. Here one doesn’t ask for money but for knowledge and more specified help. Everyone has their specialities and sometimes you need help with some things you’re not that good at or don’t know that much about. Usually it revolves around innovation, consultancy or research.
You look for experts that want to offer their help in their field by appealing to the crowd. Maybe they know someone, or they are the person you’re looking for. As an incentive a reward is often handed out for the offered and accepted help within the crowdsourcing story.