Wazoku Helps Freelancers Change The World For The Better

By Jon Fredrickson

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What do nine Challenges, run by nine different global organizations, in topics as varying as sustainability, pharmaceuticals, and beauty have in common?

They were all solved by the same person.

Martin G. may be one of the most prolific Solvers in the Wazoku Crowd, but he also represents the best of our community of problem solvers. He has an insatiable curiosity, a wealth of experience, and a can-do attitude to help our Seeker organizations fix their biggest problems and Challenges.

He represents the ‘long tail’ of expertise in the world. Businesses pride themselves on the skills and experience of their staff, but these companies do not always have access to those outside their network. Companies tend to use an average of 10-20 people to problem solve. When you extrapolate this to the size of large organizations, you discover that these businesses are only activating about 0.05% of their human capital. Would your business leaders be happy if they were presented with this statistic?

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
// Bill Joy, Founder of Sun Microsystems

Whether in the form of partners, academic institutions, start-ups, or the Wazoku Crowd of millions of Change Makers, Wazoku gives global organizations access to the people you need to better innovate and reach your goals. We enable companies to find the freelancers that help them consistently and repeatably access this capability, as well as nurturing open talent with interesting Challenges, large award amounts, and a new social Solver Community. We give organizations security (through legal and IP protection) and the confidence – with a strong, proven track record of success – that the process will work for them.

We have run 2500+ Challenges in our 20-year history, capturing 200,000+ innovations and giving $60 million USD in awards to our Solvers. Freelancers provide an insight to companies that is usually beyond their thinking: either from adjacent or often unrelated industries. In our research, we found that 70% of awarded solutions in our Challenges come from a different field of expertise to the question – so your experience in one field might mean you can solve a similar issue in a very different industry.

We believe in the power of freelancers and open talent, as they can look at the world and company problems differently. They can connect unknown dots, see what company experts may miss, and are free from an established way of thinking that may not have been fruitful in the past. Whether it’s for NASA, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute, or A2A, Wazoku has helped global organizations to leverage open innovation to reach new heights.


Are you a potential Solver or Seeker? Visit our Challenge Center today!

The Freelance Business Community acts as a nexus between freelancers, solution and product providers targeting independent professionals, and companies hiring freelancers – connecting and stimulating the freelance economy via global events, masterclasses, and publications. To learn more, visit: https://freelancebusiness.eu/

To watch the full recording of the presentation about how freelancers are changing the world, find out more at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXu5J1EVL_0

By Jon Fredrickson

Jon is one of a small handful of experts globally in Open Innovation and connected ecosystems over the last 16 years, the last 3 years with Wazoku, following the InnoCentive acquisition. Jon's experience as an applied innovation futurist has helped his enterprise and government customers insure their success. When not helping clients innovating solutions going to Mars or developing cleaner energy, Jon enjoys family, perfecting smoked foods, and studying history, and ancient civilizations.