A service that allows people to invite selected problem solvers to paid participation in brainstorming sessions. It formalizes the exchange between freelance ideators and those that would pay to have their problems solved/advanced.
Enable anyone to mobilize help from demonstrably skilled problem solvers to advance whatever problem they are struggling with.
An opportunity for ideators to monetize their skills. To my knowledge, there is currently no such service for freelance problem solvers.
For this to be feasible several things need to be in place:
a dedicated place where people can demonstrate their problem solving skills
a leaderboard/rating system where good ideators can surface and be discovered
a transparent brainstorming process with agreed-upon rules
a payment system that keeps the offered payment in escrow and ensure a fair exchange
an arbitrage procedure to solve any disputes
moderation that prevents spam/abuse and keeps everything clean
All of the above would ideally be built into an open brainstorming platform.
Every ideator can configure their own participation price in the account settings. The system suggests a range (from minimum to maximum). Each user can configure their own within the constraints of the range. This prevents absurd prices.
The higher the ideator's rank on the platform the higher their maximum fee can be configured.
Invitations and notifications
The platform members can configure their availability to be invited. The options are:
allow free invitations and notify me about them via email (on by default)
allow free invitations and send me in-platform notifications only
allow paid invitations and notify me about them via email (on by default)
allow paid invitations and send me in-platform notifications only
no invitations at all
Invitation fees to prevent spam
Each invitation costs a small fee and is paid to the platform. The higher the ideator's participation fee, the higher the invitation fee as well. This reduces spam and makes people invite only ideators whose imput they really want to get.
People pre-load their accounts to cover the invitation fees. Upon an ideator's acceptance of an invitation, the asker has to fund the escrow before the paid ideator contributes their solution.
After contributing and before getting paid, an ideator can opt to reduce their fee. This is useful if a honest ideator feels like they haven't helped much but still invested good effort into solving the asker's problem.
Building credibility and discoverability as an ideator
Why would someone want to pay for your input? New ideators can build up their credibility and discoverability by sharing superb solutions/ideas for free and thereby building their profile and presence on the platform. This is basically evidence of exceptional ability as a problem solver.
What do you think? Would you pay to have highly creative people work with you on your problem?