Participatory design is a superior means of augmenting tools and programs by utilizing the power of communal involvement in the development of tools and programs. Projects like Mozilla Firefox and Wikipedia are some examples of how open participation can advance technology and provide users with the power to affect change for the greater good. By tapping collective resources in capacities ranging from specialties like community organization and programming to user input and suggestion boxes, programs are able to undergo rapid development in a cost-effective system. I feel that participatory design has been proven to be a positive catalyst in improving the efficacy of governmental, societal, and technological resources by empowering people with a democratized system in which they have the opportunity to voice their opinions, create, and become involved with a public discourse. It may come as no surprise, but it is worth mentioning, the internet is the most massive open-innovation project ever. Querying Google, the world’s premiere search engine for the word ‘the’ results in about 13,190,000,000 results. Each day over one-thousand new webpages are created, many dynamically, through user input. Sites like Facebook and twitter and blogs have some form of dynamic page generation and have become significant parts of over a million subscriber’s lives. Information is now being shared at a pace that outstrips the speed of light! (exaggeration) Even old media sources, such as printed news, television and radio programs, are becoming more and more reliant on the power of online social networks to deliver a better user-experience. Notably, CNN has tapped into the power of participation, televising trending topics from twitter and soliciting viewer news reports via iReport. In the June 2009 post-election riots in Tehran, when the government issued a full media lockdown, Persian citizens were able to circumvent the blockade by uploading video from cellular devices to youtube and posting status updates to twitter. Twitter’s dual role in delivering important information to Persians and keeping the world up-to-date on the chaos unfolding in the capitol city of Iran proved the worth of a fledgling communication tool beyond the incoherent babble of celebrity figures and ordinary people going about their mundane lives.