- Daniel Goldman
- New Paltz, NY
- United States
Using crowd funding and social media as the new medium for research.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about a topic currently being researched, but have come to realize that it would involve years of preparation? Right now academic institutions have somewhat of a monopoly on research. You must be either a college professor or a student at the college to become involved, even if the college happens to be a great distance from where you are currently living.
However, is this an appropriate or viable option for innovation in our modern world? In order to keep up with the changing needs of our world and to determine what innovations would be beneficial, we need to bring as many people into research as possible. I therefore propose crowd funding and social media as the new paradigm for research opportunities.
This would give far more people direct access to research projects. No longer would a person have to spend years in college and even move across country to become involved in a topic of interest. Instead, people could post a research proposal and look for interested members of the general population to contribute either financially or through non financial contributions such as acting as research assistants or as expert advisers.