The Power of Crowdsourcing

Rabbi Avi Killip

Crowdsourcing is a "popular web 2.0 buzzword" following the principle that if two heads are better than one, then surely a million heads are better than two. Through a close reading of two versions of the same story about Hillel the Elder one year when Pesah fell on shabbat, Avi Killip explores crowdsourcing in the Talmud and the Tosefta and, through this comparison, arrives at two very different models of leadership with applications to the Jewish world of today: do we want leaders that we can trust to make the right decision, or do we want to appoint leaders that trust us? The live version was recorded at the Community Beit Midrash Kickoff Event, 2015.