What is Crowdsourced Consulting?
Wikistrat is the world’s first Crowdsourced Consultancy It leverages a global network of subject-matter experts via a patent pending crowdsourcing methodology to provide insights unavailable anywhere else. This online network offers a uniquely powerful and unprecedented strategic consulting service: the internet’s only central intelligence exchange for strategic analysis and forecasting. These ideas and insights are delivered, for the first time, on a real-time, interactive platform.
Our network of hundreds of experts follows our scenario-driven crowdsourced policy planning methodology to generate unique intelligence products.
- Real time analysis of geopolitical and economic forces through live multi-player simulations.
- Customized Commercial and Political forecasting models to meet specific corporate or government needs.
- Tailor-made risk management and strategic planning solutions.
- Training focused on teaching executives and staff how to think strategically about the global forces shaping the future and their implications for company and government operations.
Rationale for Crowdsourced Consulting
We realize this is a radically new approach to traditional consulting, but we believe that a massively multiplayer online consultancy will revolutionize the industry by shifting a significant portion of the market from typical “black box” consulting (you tell the firm your issues and an answer pops out of the other side in a big fat static report) to wide-scale employment of global talent accessed transparently via interactive and real-time delivery.
As globalization grows ever more complex and unpredictable, we are certain that collaborative crowd-sourcing of large numbers of analysts will become a primary analytic tool for enterprises across the board – especially in its capacity to brainstorm rapidly and provide multiple perspectives.
If, for example, you have a client interested in having dozens/hundreds/thousands of strategic thinkers chase down a problem, query or brainstorm for you, then Wikistrat can mobilize them en masse for a X-week-long collaborative simulation. We’d simply tailor the parameters and the participants. But the key thing is, the desired effort would now involve a true “wisdom of the crowd” dynamic, with the crowd in this instance being a vetted group of strategic thinkers collaboratively competing to come up with the best answer.
Why we think that’s a better route: In today’s complex world, we’re certain that companies and governments will benefit deeply from such intellectual exposure. No, we don’t think this completely replaces in-house studies or working with contractors, because there will always be those needed deep dives on specific issues. Plus you simply can’t outsource your strategic thought processes in every instance. But there will also increasingly be the need to tap into far wider pools of thinking, or ones that explore issues more “horizontally” (i.e., plumbing the cross-domain connections) than “vertically”–especially when you’re talking strategic planning on an international scale. In a black- swan world, you can never ask too many “what if” questions, or have too many bright minds proposing possible answers.
When Wikistrat pulls hundreds of topic-experts into an online venue explicitly designed to foster collaborative competition – directly, then we turbo-charge the dynamic by concentrating it to an unprecedented degree. I honestly believe that Wikistrat, with its crowd-sourcing-of-analysts approach, represents the future of consulting. I think it will change the way governments and corporations consume analysis and conduct strategic planning.
Corporate Information – Mission Statement
Wikistrat exists to help public and private sector organizations maximize their organizational goals through the application of our crowdsourcing methodology and global network of experts. Our analysis remains objective and non-partisan, and is applied to help our clients understand, anticipate, and manage complex issues. Both the analysis we provide and solution-sets we offer all our clients are used to advance our corporate worldview of:
- Diminishing violence and extremism
- Promoting international security and stability
- Advancing responsible governance and accountability
- Promoting constructive dialogue between adversaries and conflicting parties where possible
- Promoting free speech, access to online communications, and freedom of information
Why We Exist
- Because we believe there is wisdom in the crowd.
- To overcome bureaucracy by delivering more with less.
- To provide an unbiased, external perspective and objective consulting that is grounded in analytic rigor.
- Because we believe that powerful insights about the future can be produced through collective intelligence methodologies and competitive analysis from large and diverse groups of people.
- Because we believe there is value in processing inputs from as diverse a crowd as possible, to better understand the future and anticipate change.
- Open debate
- Analytic integrity, creativity, and open-mindedness
- Analytic rigor
- Do more with less
- Client service
Code of Ethics
- As a US-based company incorporated in the state of Delaware, Wikistrat will comply with all Delaware State and United States Federal laws and regulations governing our business.
- Wikistrat reserves the right to refuse a project on the grounds that the results will be used for a possible violation of international laws.
- Wikistrat will not perform services nor receive remuneration from any individuals or organizations that have been sanctioned by the international community, or whose goals and objectives run counter to Wikistrat’s global worldview as described in our mission statement.
- Wikistrat requires that any entity using Wikistrat’s services must declare if they are working on behalf of another client or entity to ensure that Wikistrat does not violate the rules as outlined above.
- Employees and consultants of Wikistrat are expected to use their best judgment to act, at all times and in all ways, in the best interests of Wikistrat and our clientele.
- Wikistrat’s employees and consultants are legally committed to use only unclassified content in open client simulations.
- Employees of Wikistrat may not bribe anyone for any reason, whether in dealings with governments or the private sector.
- Wikistrat will not work with or for any entity under financial sanction, determined by the following:
- Her Majesty Treasury List
- Bureau of Industry and Security
- Department of State
- EU Terrorism List
- FBI Top Ten Most Wanted
- Interpol Most Wanted
- ICE List (U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement)
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions
- CBI List (The Central Bureau of Investigation)
- SDN & Blocked Entities
- SECO List
- Treasury PML List
- UN Consolidated List
- OCC Shell Bank List
- World Bank Debarred Parties List
- It is in the interest of Wikistrat and our clientele to draw expertise from all corners of the globe, and from diverse facets of society, to maximize the range of analytic perspectives we provide our clientele. In the course of obtaining these perspectives, it is our priority to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that individual contributors have the required academic and professionals pedigrees and cultural acumen to support Wikistrat’s work. Those who violate our corporate standards will be prohibited from contributing to future engagements with the company and removed from the Wikistrat Analytic Community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the organizational structure of Wikistrat?
Wikistrat Inc., a privately-held, Australian-owned company, is incorporated in the US State of Delaware, and is a for profit corporation, unaffiliated with any government agency.
Are there limitations for who Wikistrat will and will not do work for?
Wikistrat’s corporate ethics policy, mission statement, and bribery and corruption policy and company values, can all be found in the tabs above. Wikistrat operates an Advisory Board of former senior government officials and operates a governance structure that practices a corporate ethics policy grounded in integrity and transparency.
Where was Wikistrat founded?
Wikistrat was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.
Where is Wikistrat?
Wikistrat’s headquarters are based in Washington DC, although it operates an R&D in Tel-Aviv and Sydney, Australia.
Who are Wikistrat’s analysts?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community is extensive in number (1000+) and diverse in nature. Wikistrat staff make an ongoing and concerted effort to diversify the Analytic Community in terms of geographic location, worldview, area of expertise and career experience, in order to maximize the number of perspectives available to our clients. We welcome and encourage participation from analyst in all countries (where in accordance with all relevant legal rule sets). Wikistrat’s diverse network of analysts have no organized political agenda. All members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community have been vetted and trained on the Wikistrat platform and have legally committed to abiding by Wikistrat’s Analytic Community confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and Wikistrat’s code of conduct.
How are Wikistrat analysts remunerated?
Wikistrat provide a combination of a minimum revenue guarantee and potential access to project prize pool for analysts participating in the lead team of all client projects. The larger the client project the more the available funds for the analytic community according to a strict algorithm consistent across client project.
Is there a difference between analysts and employees?
There is an important difference between Wikistrat company employees and members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community. Members of the community enjoy potential access to client and internal projects, and have the opportunity to learn, network, develop their analytic skills, and profit from their analysis.
Who has access to content produced by Wikistrat’s analytic community?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community and clients are bound by confidentiality and non disclosure agreements, limiting the use and reproduction of content produced on the Wikistrat platform for clients. Client simulation content is only accessible for a limited time by contributors.
Joel Zamel, CEO
Joel is the Founding Director and CEO of Wikistrat. Joel has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Masters Degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center, specializing in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. Joel also developed the strategic planning methodology of Collaborative Competition, on which Wikistrat’s flagship system is based.
Daniel Green, CTO
Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with additional tertiary studies in Security and Counter Terrorism from Monash University and Murdoch University. A co-founder of Wikistrat with Joel Zamel, Daniel has had a diverse career spanning the use of technology in a range of environments and has completed engagements for Macquarie Bank, Opera Australia, University of Sydney Union and a private security agency. Having had the privilege of access to both Computers and the Internet from a young age, Daniel is quick to adapt to changes in a technical environment and uses this to keep Wikistrat innovative.
Elad Schaffer, COO
Elad is a former senior analyst specialized in the field of Counter Terrorism. Elad has previously held Vice President position at CeifiT consulting firm, heading the Research Department and the firm’s Marketing operations. In addition, in the past years Elad has been involved in business consulting and development of new entrepreneurships. He holds Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Elad oversees the growth and operation of Wikistrat’s Analytic Community.
Dr. Shay Hershkovitz, Director, Analytic Community
Shay has vast experience in the field of intelligence in general and political analysis of the Middle East in particular. He has a PhD in Political Science and lectures at several colleges and universities, specializing in political theory, consumer culture, globalization and social protest.
Before joining Wikistrat, he worked in strategic consulting and market research, specializing in competitive intelligence analysis and business war-games. He was involved in long-term strategic planning and executing and assisted leading companies in achieving commutative advantages in their various markets and verticals.
Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Chief Analyst
Dr. Barnett, world leading grand-strategist, is the author of five books and a NYT bestseller. He has served in the past 20 years in various leadership positions in the consulting world, including positions as Senior Managing Director at Enterra Solutions, Partner at IEG Strategies, Assistant for Strategic Futures, Office of Force Transformation (OFT), Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Barnett is also former Senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Central Command, Special Operations Command, and Joint Forces Command. In the past few years Barnett has been authoring the successful “Globlogization” blog, and in 2010 joined forces with Wikistrat to establish a unique strategic consulting service offering.
Ted Obenchain, Director, Business Development
Ted Obenchain is the director of business development at Wikistrat Inc. He is responsible for orchestrating the firm’s business origination efforts across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Wikistrat, Ted was the director of the government services business at Eurasia Group Ltd., a global geopolitical risk consultancy. He has also worked in senior business development and analytical roles at Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 500 international defense company, and The Cohen Group, a strategic advisory firm founded by former US Defense Secretary William Cohen. Ted holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs & International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
General James L. Jones
Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Combatant Commander USEUCOM
32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps
General James L. Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security Advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America’s mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country’s interests around the world.
Chairman, Center for International Private Enterprise
Board Member, US Chamber of Commerce
Senior Advisor, The Robertson Foundation
Mr. Lebedev currently holds a portfolio of assignments which span the business, government and philanthropic sectors. He serves as Chairman of the publicly-funded Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, whose mission is to promote free market institutions in emerging economies throughout the world. He is a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world. And, he is Senior Advisor to the Robertson Foundation for Government, a private family fund which provides support to talented men and women wishing to pursue governmental careers in national security and international affairs. Mr. Lebedev sits on a number of advisory boards, regularly speaks on a range of international subjects, and undertakes special projects involving trade, development and global corporate governance.
Media and Clients
Media Mentions of Wikistrat
- “With Wikistrat, crowdsourcing gets geopolitical” (FINANCIAL TIMES)
- “Intelligence agencies turn to crowdsourcing” (BBC)
- “AFTER CRIMEA: Top Intelligence Analysts Forecast The 5 Things That Putin Might Do Next” (Business Insider)
- “What comes after Chavez?” (CNN)
- “As China rises, ‘grand strategy’ talk back in style” (Reuters)
- “Wikistrat supports U.S. Africa Command”, U.S. Department of Defense, Africa Command (AFRICOM)
- “Why this company is crowdsourcing, gamifying the world’s most difficult problems” (Fast Company)
- “What will we smuggle in the future? Drones, coal, and honeybees” (Washington Post)
- “Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?” (Information Week)
- “Can ISIS Really Pose a Threat to Jordan?” (The Huffington Post)
- “The Ottoman Presidency?” (The Huffington Post)
- “Why “exoatmospheric war zone” is part of the outlook for space companies” (QUARTZ)