Monday, June 21, 2010
Solving BP's oil mess with crowdsourcing
A crowdsourcing approach is being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA of the US to help mitigate the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by the oil Giant Bharat Petroleum(BP). According to the BBC, thousands of suggestions have been sent to the EPA website for review by experts. Crowdsourcing is an approach usually taken by companies or organizations to distribute problem-solving assignments to a group of people, known or unknown.
Some of the ideas shared on the bbc website can be found here. I think crowdsourcing is an approach governing bodies can use to involve the citizenry and gather brilliant suggestions from people with experience in a particular field. What is even more interesting about this approach is that, such information can be obtained for free;in the case of the BP crowdsourcing approach, the EPA has warned it will not accept information claimed as confidential business information (CBI).
I would love to put forward this suggestion to the local governing bodies in Ghana especially to create a platform that will allow the citizens to share their suggestions especially in national crisis. I am sure with this approach, it wont be long before we find a solution to the perennial floods in the capital, Accra.