Have you ever tried to solve a problem, but you didn't know where to start? Have you ever wondered where your talents could best be applied, so that the most people could benefit? Did you ever have a problem that you thought was important, but no one was working on it? Have you ever seen a problem that was being avoided?
We are a community of problem solvers. It is what we do. As a human race, we have an historic opportunity to work together to collaborate and solve our world's most pressing problems. If you look around the web today, you can see wonderful tools and resources for communicating and sharing information, but there isn't a strong community organized around prioritizing and solving our major problems. We created WikiSolv to fill that need. WikiSolv will enable people to identify our most pressing problems and collectively organize efforts to solve them.
The world today has many challenges. Yet, if we can marshall our resources and focus them on the right problems, we can address many of our challenges and improve the living standards for millions and millions, perhaps billions, of people around the world.
The ability to solve rather big problems is also becoming more accessible to more people:
With the above in mind, we should all be excited about working together to solve more and more problems together. We will all be better off.
As we look around the online world, however, we certainly see many wonderful sites and tools and resources. While all of this innovstion is simply happening in a myriad of forms, there may be an opportunity to better focus our efforts. In the midst of a project, when we are swimming in problems, issues, new knowledge and multiple paths forward, it is always useful to convene the team and consider the question, "What problem are we really trying to solve?" By staying anchored to this question, we were usually able to solve the problem faster and with less effort.
By better organizing our accomplishments, we will be able to better "stand on the shoulders of giants" as Sir Isaac Newton said in 1676. We will be able to build on each others ideas and accomplishments and build the pyramid higher. (If you look at the WikiSolv logo above, that is the essence of what it is trying to convey.)
WikiSolv was created to become a tool to help organize and focus our work. It is part a reference tool for gathering information in one place, part a social network for facilitating teamwork, part a question/answer platform. We hope you use WikiSolv to achieve great things together!
Our vision for this site is that it may be used by people from all walks of life. It should be a place where specialists can interact with generalists, where makers of products and services can interact with the people who need them. Eventually this site will also be fully internationalized, so that people from countries with large GDPs can interact with people from countries with smaller GDPs, and where people can share ideas across languages.
So how do you get started?
We hope you enjoy WikiSolv, and look forward to building a pyramid of accomplishments with you and for us all!
The WikiSolv Team