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Recently I’ve been involved in a blockchain-based start-up project as one of the few non-technical team members. So far the group is mostly people working on the back end of the project, with knowledge and experience in webhosting and cryptocurrency at the code level. As the token literary/artsy type, I catch myself in brief moments mistakenly thinking that my skill set has no bearing on the overall project.

And as any project grows in complexity, there is a risk of people becoming entrenched in their given silos – certainly in any mature corporation this is the case, and to keep lines of communication and understanding open takes much deliberate effort.

On this small project, however, and as is the case (or even the necessity) with many small start-ups, #co-creation is the order of the day. In order to understand my own tasks on the communications and branding end, I simply have to probe the minds of the people with whom I’m already working with face-to-face (or through a shared electronic forum, as we have team members in other parts of the world). Conversely, through free-flowing discussions I have offered my input or even just paraphrased my own understanding of the overall project to the others, and in the process have had a hand in shaping the project through helping the ideas of others coalesce into concrete words or paradigms, and in return helped them streamline or clarify their thoughts.

I was reminded of this experience when I came across a platform called Crowdholding.com, which pairs start-ups with individuals who wish to contribute ideas and discussion or even complete tasks, and is perhaps a web-based crowd-sourcing version of the paradigm described above, leveraging as it does the crowd wisdom made possible by the Internet. I’m now registered on that site and looking forward to contributing wherever I can, and hope to report on those experiences here and elsewhere.

@Crowdholding
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