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“Crowd-Sourcing” the Millennium Development Goals

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The open agenda took a new twist a few weeks ago when Jamie Drummond, the Executive Director of ONE, talked about the open agenda at TEDGlobal  by suggesting that post-MDG goals be “crowd-sourced,” i.e., people around the world should have a say in what they think the new MDGs should be. In a recent op-ed in the Globe and Mail, Drummond refers to this as the “bottom-up” poverty plan and notes, “A new plan can avoid the pitfalls of past top-down approaches – if it supports a more bottom-up citizen-led strategy for sustainable development.”

He goes on to say that the upshot of this process is greater citizen empowerment and stronger governance overall. This argument is compelling because new technology, like mobile telephony, makes this kind of “bottom-up” planning easier to do.

Therefore, I was interested to see this week that the UN Secretary-General has appointed a high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda. According to the release, “The Panel will hold its first meeting at the end of September in the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly.  It is expected to submit a report to the Secretary-General in the first half of 2013.”

Will this panel be able to engage the crowd in this work? It will be interesting to see how “crowd thinking” might influence this process.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
The link to the OpEd in question is to a Feb 2010 article. Is there a more recent piece?

Submitted by Anonymous on
Here's a link to his blog about this of July 17:

Submitted by Anonymous on
Millions of people suffer and die from cancer. These people and their relatives have a lot to say about this horrifying experience. But do you want to crowd-source the cancer research? Do you want your treatment protocol to be decided by the votes of facebook users, or you go to a professional doctor? Why then, more and more I hear of people wanting to delegate the solutions of the problems of economic growth and poverty reduction to the crowds?

The above headline and link are included in the Crowd-sourcing section of the Open Source Everything Highlights published at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog each night at 2200 Eastern. Twitter hash is #openall and short URL to the stack of dailies is Core point: crowd-sourcing is only as good as the open source everything infrastructure and shared tools. For crowd-sourcing to reach its full potential we need to demand and develop OpenBTS, Open Cloud, Open Hardware, Open Software, Open Standards....and so on. My new book THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth and Trust provides a roadmap, it is very inexpensive at Amazon ($10), I apologize for its not being free online, that was the compromise I had to make to get Random House to put it in all the US bookstores.

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