There has been plenty of talk recently about the prospects of using crowdsourcing as a means to create better policy and to engage citizens in the policy making process.
I've noticed that a lot of proponents of this approach seem to be unaware of the particular challenges that public participation initiatives by their very nature often encounter, which the "successful" crowdsourcing examples that are often referenced in this context rarely ever have to deal with.
I've posted a couple of articles trying to map out the relationship between the two concepts, where they differ and how the might complement each other:
Would love to hear your thoughts (either here or on our blog). Thanks!