I’m looking for help. No, not that sort of help… or that sort… I’d like you, dear readers, to help plan my holiday. While this might sound entirely selfish I will be using it as an experiment in crowdsourcing:
delegating a task to a large diffuse group, usually without monetary compensation
In this case definitely without monetary compensation!
Here’s the details. My brother and I fly out to San Francisco at the end of July and have 18 days to travel across the country to New York via lots of hopefully interesting places. There’s more details over on my personal blog [Edge Hill University is not responsible for the content of external websites!] but I’ll repeat the key bit here and explain how I’m hoping it will work.
Here’s the initial route we came up with:
So: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Grand Canyon, AZ; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Toronto, ON; Boston, MA; New York, NY.
If you’ve been to any of these places, or have heard of good things to see and do, let us know in one of the following ways:
- Twitter: DM or @ to MikeNolan or AlexNolan. Use the hashtag #roadtripusa.
- Delicious: Tag roadtripusa and for:mikenolan.
- Comments: Leave a comment on this blog post.
- Google Docs: Request edit access to our itinerary on Google Docs.
How is this different to the usual way of planning holidays? You’ll normally ask friends and family who’ve been before for suggestions and things to do and places to visit and my crowdsourcing plan is indeed very similar. The difference is twofold.
Firstly the range of people I hope to reach out to for ideas is far greater. Even before I made any real effort to spread the message I had people responding on Twitter with suggestions. Some of them I’m never met in person but they’re part of my extended personal or professional “network”.
Secondly, by engaging people with the process of planning, I hope to get more people interested in what we’re doing and hence get more and better suggestions with different people’s ideas building on each other.
I’m not going to spam this blog with my holiday plans any more, but I might blog about some of my observations about the crowdsourcing process. If it all goes well then I may even use the experience as the basis for a BarCamp session at the Institutional Web Management Workshop immediately before I fly out!