Crowdbrite – a virtual canvas for brainstorming

Crowdbrite is an online collaboration space where community members can give feedback (or interaction-light, in some cases) on various community projects. The tool is designed to take brainstorming online and also comes with a mobile app. Ideas are put up as a virtual canvas and participants add sticky notes with comments and ideas to the canvas. It appears that it has had its most success or traction with city and street redevelopment projects.
Unfortunately, I found the tool to be confusing. While it is free for the participants (people adding input), organizations must pay. Sadly, it’s unclear what you’re paying for and how you can really use the tool. The website isn’t very user-friendly and seems like older technology. For me, that’s a turn-off. I also wonder how much work it is on the part of the local organization, as it seems like it wouldn’t just easily work “out of the box.” I obviously have concerns about this technology and believe that it may not have enough to take hold in its current form.

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