My name is Martijn Kriens and this is my blog. I set up this blog in order to collect and structure my ideas around iCrowds. This collection will be used in articles I am writing and will maybe be the foundation for my thesis.
My interest in iCrowds is founded in my view on life: I believe that people are most happy when they are able to influence their context and are respected for their contribution. People become happier by producing and getting rewarded for it than by consuming. iCrowds create the potential to unlock this motivation and creativity in all kinds of areas: in public life by giving citizens the potential to steer their government more directly to better ways to recognize valuable contribution in business settings.
I once worked at a company called BSO, founded by Eckart Wintzen. This company had I think many of the characteristics I am talking about: flat structures, direct communication, visible individual contributions and, most important, a founder that did not wish control the work of others. Many people that worked there are still motivated by the feeling of fulfilment that gave. I hope that by using the ideas of iCrowds more organisations are able to unlock the motivation many felt at BSO.