I'm very interested in crowd-sourcing and online innovation communities. Currently, I'm conducting research on what motivates users to continue sharing ideas, developing concepts, funding projects and collaboratively innovating in these crowd-sourcing communities. Some of these offer monetary rewards to their users, which are obvious reasons for participation, but other communities don't. They have to engage their users in other ways, putting emphasis on catering for peoples' intrinsic needs.
If you are engaged in one of these communities of Quirky, OpenIDEO and Kickstarter, please share your thoughts on what motivates people to participate, share ideas, fund projects, create and innovate in these online crowdsourcing platforms? Why are they successful, what makes them good communities? What is your opinion on rewarding in these online innovation communities (monetary and non-monetary)? What is lacking in these communites and how can maintainers facilitate these crowdsourcing platforms?