Why Are You Here – Right Now? One Thousand People Collaborate to Create World’s First Crowdsourced Book

“Why Are You Here – Right Now” is the first book written based on the collective wisdom of one thousand people. YRUHRN announces an ebook and paperback which a crowd of people dreamed, wrote, designed, edited, marketed and published in 50 days. YRUHRN is based on hundreds of people answering the question, “Why Are You Here – Right Now” via the Amazon service, Mechanical Turk.

Bethesda, MD, October 13, 2006 --(PR.com)-- How would you answer this question… Why Are You Here – Right Now? One month ago a group of individuals started a project, YRUHRN, to publish a book written with the use of crowdsourcing and creative efforts of entrepreneurs working from their homes. In just 10 days, almost 1,000 people from all over the world answered the question, “Why Are You Here – Right Now” for a penny on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

Today that book is a reality and available at http://www.yruhrn.com. A free ebook version is also at http://www.lulu.com/content/447946 and paperback for $19.95 at http://www.lulu.com/content/457464. One third of the profits from YRUHRN will be donated to children affected by Hurricane Katrina by providing holiday gift cards in December 2006.

YRUHRN is based on the big global city of the Internet and a crowd of strangers. The book gives us all a voice to share together and to listen to other voices. They are the voices of mothers, the voice of fathers, the voices of students, the voices of business people, and the voice of the crazy guy that stands on the corner every day. Something about this question seemed to speak to everyone.

“Why Are You Here – Right Now” is written by one thousand people and created by Ishidos, a self-named group of creative work-at-home people, primarily stay-at-home-moms. The making of YRUHRN has been open source to the public and has utilized tools such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Technorati, Yahoo Groups, Joomla, and other web services. Mechanical Turk allowed YRUHRN to find hundreds of people and pay them a penny each to write an answer to the question.

We all have similar life experiences and we are also all unique individuals. With this one question we hope to create a catalyst for caring and connection for all of our unique talents. Do you have a story to contribute? Join them at http://www.yruhrn.com.

YRUHRN is a book and growing project involving over one thousand people around the world (http://www.yruhrn.com). YRUHRN is a project of Lifebushido (http://www.lifebushido.com).

Steve Kantor

Steve Kantor