Changing the World through Crowdsourcing. Leila Janah, founder & CEO of Samasource about how this project is creating opportunity and where it was lacking. See her presentation on how crowdsourcing is making a big difference in the lives of people in developing nations.
Leila Janah speaking
(total 46:18min | streamed from linkedin channel)
by Dean Thompson, LinkedIn
Samasource (samasource.org) is an internet non-profit with the mission of alleviating poverty in developing countries by giving people the opportunity to do “microwork.” Applying Henry Ford’s assembly line thinking to the standard outsourcing model, Samasource takes large data projects from its clients and breaks them down to small discrete tasks that can be accomplished over the internet by thousands of workers in developing countries.
Leila spoke of the similarity between “microwork” and Mohammed Yunus’ model of microfinance, which entails giving very small loans to the poor. Like Yunus’ work, which challenged prevalent assumptions that poor people were too irresponsible to be lent money, Leila’s work at Samasource challenges similarly incorrect assumptions: that poor people lack the skills to participate in the global economy, and even if they had these skills, there isn’t the infrastructure to employ them at scale.
The Samasource platform, or “Samahub,” takes advantage of the internet, connecting hundreds of workers in India, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to work from companies in the US, allowing large-scale data projects to be completed with high quality.