I've just landed in the Catskills for a two-week vacation with Alysia and the tots. It's been nearly two years since we've had anything approaching a real vacation, and the first period of relaxation since the writing of the crowdsourcing book and the birth of our second child, so I hope you'll forgive me if I say it's well-deserved.
In the interim I've secured for your entertainment and edification the inimitable David Cohn. David and I first met through our work together on Assignment Zero, though David had actually interned for Wired in San Francisco a few years before that. David provided the grease that made Assignment Zero work, and I was so impressed with his smarts and diligence that I brought him on as my primary research assistant for the book. But David doesn't just write about crowdsourcing—he practices it too! A few months back David was awarded a prestigious Knight-Batten grant to form his own crowdfunding journalism project, Spot.us, a project I'm proud to day arose out of some of the research David did for my chapter on crowdfunding. I've asked him to devote a few blogs to Spot.us, but suffice to say I think it represents an exciting model for pursuing crowd-powered investigative projects.
If you need me over the next two weeks, check one of several small Catskill creeks. I'll be the guy trying to convince his not-quite-three-year old daughter that fish don't bite.