The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. is a non-profit that improves communities through volunteer projects and builds the leadership skills of its 155,000 members. To provide additional training opportunities to members, the Junior League recently started a Wednesday Webinar series, and the first challenge for Becki Fleischer, the leader of the series, was to decide on speakers. Of course Becki could have sat down at her desk and created a list of people. But, these would have been the people that she thought were best, and what Becki really wanted was a list of the people that her members thought were best.
Becki had heard about allourideas.org from a Beth Kanter blog post about crowdsourcing, and she decided to give it a try. 24,000 votes and 60 ideas later, the choices were clear. Shar McBee, the top scoring suggestion, is already booked to give the webinar on April 18th, and Becki is in the process of inviting other members from the list.