Creating civic value on a massive scale

Clay Shirky’s TED talk on how cognitive surplus, the 1 trillion hours of human spare time available, can change the world: http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cognitive_surplus_will_change_the_world.html.

Interesting points:

  • Communal value (LOLcats) versus civic value (Ushahidi)
  • Free cultures get what they celebrate (Dean Kamen)

Looking forward to hearing him speak at the end of the Quartz The Next Billion conference that I’ll be attending Wednesday (http://events.qz.com/thenextbillion).

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