Re: Well deserved
David, good question. This is a great example of using crowd sourcing, but I wouldn't say this government program is doing it better than the private sector. The real genius here is how GSA gave agencies a turnkey program and template for staging contests, similar to what DARPA does all the time. Rather than trying to develop a proposed solution to a problem, and put it up for competitive bidding, as agencies typically must do, agencies can simply go out to the public and ask, "What ideas do you have or recommend?" It costs agencies practically nothing (beyond award a prize, and often, it's just recognition.) And agencies often get superior ideas to work from at a fractio of the usual cost, and in substantial shorter time frames. Multiply that times dozens of federal agencies and you begin to see the power of this program.