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What makes a crowd-sourced (collaboration) project successful?

We see lots of successful collaboration projects, while we don't notice the ones that fail. Many projects succeed and many fail. What are these characteristics that make collaboration successful?

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Closing Statement from Juan Calderon

I now have a better understanding of what a collaboration project should have. Successful Crowdsourcing (collaboration) projects have a goal with which the crowd has to identify. The project has to be organized in modules and have very clear instructions for the crowd to follow. The crowd has to be rewarded within the following categories (monetary, experience, and social/psychological. It is within the human nature to collaborate. Yochai's paper referenced within this discussion is amazing. The outcome of the conversation as was given to my class can be seen on this prezi http://prezi.com/eyb7vhlvidsu/crowdsourcing/

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    May 6 2012: Your talks list does not include the talk by Yochai Benkler, of Harvard Law School. He wrote a paper very much on this topic some years ago called Coase's Penguin, I believe. It's a pretty challenging read, but it addresses precisely this issue in great detail.
    A pre-publication version is on the internet for free download.

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