Next Stop Design is an experiment in crowdsourcing — using the Internet to leverage the collective intelligence of an online community. The first test is to design a better bus stop. Site visitors are encouraged to consider a range of elements in their designs, from weather protection to accessibility to next-bus information, and they can browse a photo gallery of bus stops around the world for inspiration. In the words of the website: “The hope is to translate the lessons learned from innovative Web-based business practices into problem solving tools for the greater good.” Next Stop Design is part of a research project at the University of Utah, in cooperation with the Utah Transit Authority and funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Link to project press release.