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Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing

I'm a web designer. This is an idea about a community driven website. If people are given the right tools, anything can be done.

There are problems in the world that need to be fixed, and improvements that can be made. You can call this "the mother of all improvement projects". Its like a much more advanced version of this TED website. The basis of the project is simple:

1. There are people in this world who are good in generating good ideas for solving various problems in society.

2. There are people who are willing to work to implement those ideas for money, or for personal satisfaction.

3. There are people who are rich and are willing to finance these ideas.

The web project would link these three elements. The best ideas will get "upvoted", improved and prioritized. The best workers will get the best feedback. Rich people can then decide which projects they want to finance.

The scope is limitless and can apply anywhere in the world from rich upper-class neighborhoods in developed countries to villages in Africa. Examples of problems: Reducing corruption in a government, improving laws, reducing crime, implementing other sub-projects, big or small, that make society better.

Why would this work? One examples of a community driven website is Reddit. The best/most amusing/interesting internet links/images/stories are "upvoted" to appear on their front page. Its a very popular website with a traffic rank of 130 in Alexa.
Other examples: Comments on Yahoo news article. The best comments get upvoted to the top. Another example is an internet search engine. The best websites for a certain term are ranked higher.

The success of a project depends on the belief we have in it and for me it is very strong. My goal is to get ideas and find a group of like-minded people to start working on this project.
I thought TED is a good place to come and get an initial response to this.

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  • Feb 26 2013: Hi Tao, I had exactly the same idea a couple of days ago when I was looking for an efficient reality check for another idea I had. And looking for some kind of idea bank only brought me to crowdfunding sites and conversation sites like TED. What I'm missing in either of these sites is a streamlined process from idea to project. Crowdfunding sites assume you've already worked out the project and you're just looking for funding. Conversation sites on the other hand just focus on talking about the idea, leaving you clueless on how to continue with it.

    Combing the concepts from sites like Kickstarter, Cuusoo and Stackoverflow would make a very powerful platform for turning ideas into something real.
    • Feb 27 2013: hi Stijn, you've said what I had on my mind. You're exactly right: These other projects are bits and pieces of what we want but not the whole.
      To make a project that we're thinking, this kind of website would have to be able to evolve very fast technically and would have a lot of features to link up the three elements (ideas, workforce and financing).

      Yea. I need to study these other bits and pieces and get ideas from them to make our own concept. I would then want to look for volunteer programmers and website builders to make this a reality.
      The concept of "idea/workforce" also will apply to the website itself so it can keep improving.
      There are many Internet related volunteer projects. One example is Firefox, which is free and is the result of hard-working volunteer IT folks.

      I feel this project is about the only useful thing I can do with my life, considering how short our lives are and the typical long-term impact the average person leaves on the world after they're gone.

      The idea about this project came to me slowly after I would think about what I could do with my life.
      Ideas are easy to find or think about. Successful implementation is the actual challenge.

      Any other thoughts you have on this that you'd like to share?
      • Feb 27 2013: The idea is still growing in my mind, but I'll share my thoughts so far. I like the concept of staging ideas as on Cuusoo. But the guidance is missing and I totally don't like the fact that you lose ownership of the idea.

        Presenting the idea is the first stage. Emphasis in the presentation stage is on guiding you on how to express your idea, with a good headline, visual footage and the right tags. Senior members can help you clarify your idea. They can also assist you on presenting it in a way that it will receive the attention it deserves. Stackoverflow has a similar system for questions. The goal of the first stage is to brainstorm about approaches and attract participants. The result of the first stage is a set of different opinions and a list of potential participants.

        The next stage is about formalizing the idea. Approaches are discussed on video chat or in real life. High bandwidth communication (real life being the highest possible bandwidth) is of paramount importance here to get the details right. Participants vote on which approaches they like the best. Then they choose whether or not to commit on the idea based on the chosen approach. The result of the second stage is a final approach and a list of committed participants.

        The third stage is prototyping. Participants create a prototype of the idea that demonstrates how the real thing will be. People interested in the idea can give their feedback on the prototype. Then the prototype can be improved in a few iterations, each time taking feedback into account from the previous prototype. At the same time, the prototyping stage should give insight in how to market, sell, distribute, etc. Not sure how that will be done, since I have little experience in this area. The result of this stage is a very clear concept of the real thing.

        Anyway, I'm out of characters and inspiration for now. I'll sleep on it and come back with some more thoughts tomorrow! :-)
        • Feb 28 2013: Cuusoo, this lego building website? I see. Yea, this is a basic version of an "idea upvoting" system - thanks for the link. Someone suggests an idea and it gets upvoted.
          Could there be a more complex version? Maybe, I haven't thought about it. Our website's goal of suggesting ideas will also apply to itself, so it can keep improving.
          A more complex version could be where teams can work together on constantly evolving ideas instead of just one person.

          >> I totally don't like the fact that you lose ownership of the idea.

          For our purpose its ok to lose ownership because we're solving problems.
          But say, if someone suggests an idea for a commercial purpose? Yes, then ownership is an issue to talk about.
          You're perfectly right in your second paragraph. What you have said is great, yes this is how it has to start. You've given good examples of how they're doing it.
          I have talked to someone about suggesting a name, for example "Community driven problem solving".

          What you have said is the easy part. Here's one problem: Some people are more rational/logical than others. Some people are emotional and irrational.
          A perfectly funny picture in Reddit may get 10,000 downvotes and 15,000 upvotes. The net difference is 5000 and it goes on their front page but still, 10,000 people downvoted it. This means that many people opposed a certain idea - with no reason (emotional/irrational reason).

          We can think about some real life examples of the kinds of problems that approached by this system. Here's a difficult problem: (1) Taliban killing girls who go to school.
          Solution: How do we make it so they are not afraid anymore and everyone goes to school? Yes its a tough issue but the problem can be broken down.

          Would a simple voting system like we talked about be able to keep bad people from stopping progress? Maybe.
          Or maybe we should start with examples of simpler problems first.
          Oh yea, out of char here as well, this thing runs out fast. I will write another post.
        • Feb 28 2013: My 2nd post for continuation. I think, for now we need to find a better platform than TED. I dont like this discussion forum. It has no features that forums of nowadays have. The typing/input font is too small as well (for no reason at all; another problem that our problem solving website should/would be able to fix).

          Is there any other place we can go to talk about this? Maybe one of the websites/links posted by you and Frit has a better forum.
          The people on the forum should be be able to understand what we're saying, like everyone on this thread has.

          After we talk to more like-minded people, we would confirm that indeed nothing exists like what we want. We would solidify the proposal for our organization. And then propose a temporary organization name. We will get the domain for that and install or arrange a forum and we will start working on it.

          Anyway. Yea, I think we need to move this discussion to a better forum first (step 1). We need to find more people like ourselves to have an initial discussion among a larger group.

          I do look forward to reading the continuation of your post! We will take these discussions to our next location, where ever it will be.
          If it doesn't exist, we will make a "free" forum ourselves, one way or the other and attract more people.
          I am severely intellectually handicapped due to sleep issues and my brain doesnt work well. We need to find more people like you. I feel both of us understand this project and as you said, you were looking for this same thing, that makes you valuable for this project (even if just for discussion).
      • Feb 28 2013: Agreed, we should take this conversation to another platform. I can't even directly reply to your reply about, probably because the column would become too narrow.

        The only other forum I found where ideas can be discussed out in the open is http://www.creativitypool.com/forums.php

        But I don't see much valuable feedback on the ideas there. The last thing I want is more "Hey you have Creativity Pool, why would you want anything else?" or "This idea is stupid" type of comments.

        So I suggest using a free forum. Apparently, http://ideas.freeforums.org wasn't taken. So I took the liberty to register it.

        Edit: It suddenly sprung into my mind that many people I know share ideas through Google+. I think a Google+ page would be a good alternative.
        • Mar 5 2013: hi Stijn, so I made a username at that forum you made. Please make me admin and I can make a forum called "Introductions". (optional section)
          http://ideas.freeforums.org/
          I havent used Google plus before. Will it useful if I make an account there? I wont have any connections there as I will be new.
          I get lazy on the weekends but I did get some stuff done except for this TED stuff, hence the delay.

          Instead of replying to this, could you make a new post on the top of this thread? So it will "reset" the indenting.

          There are many "next" steps to do. Another step can be to create a "wiki" website where we can start creating some kind of introduction to the site. Do you have any recommendations on what kind of wiki to use?
          I think the wiki will be useful in working together on creating missions, descriptions of the project.

          We want to create a good, initial definition of the project. We will do some basic foundational work to start it off. Then when we think we're satisfied with what we have, we can look at all the other sites in this thread and see if they have forums. We can even invite people from TED. We will want people to come and give ideas and then we'll search for web/IT volunteers to work on this after our ideas have been solidified by the group. Assuming we will reach that stage! lol.
          We have to make a start somewhere. Our will (willpower and belief) will carry us through. I believe that is the only thing that is needed for success in anything.
          The forum you made will be our first temporary place to get together.

          So in summary, kindly make me a forum admin and let me know your thoughts on a wiki. Also let me know if I should make a Google plus account.

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