US Navy and Army Crowdsourcing innovation

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It looks like the US military is starting to get serious about crowdsourcing. The US Navy launched a massively multi-player online war game back in 2011 to come up with innovative ideas for combating Somali piracy. Now the Army launched Army CoCreate which aims to develop innovative ideas for everything from combat ISR to water filtration.

What’s promising about both of these sites is that they look to source ideas from the general public rather than just from the military. We need to see more government crowdsourcing sites so citizens can provide their talent, energy and expertise to government’s most vexing problems. After all, government isn’t some entity that takes our money and provides us things, it’s us and we are it. Our relationship as citizens shouldn’t be transactional – it should be interactive, networked and iterative.

A good start…

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