Design for Generosity

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Clay Shirky returns to the blog with another inspiring TED Talk titled: How cognitive surplus will change the world.

It is a good talk to use as a practical extension of Suzuki’s talk at the Sydney Opera House last night. The perfect mash-up: Shirky v Suzuki!

Shirky unfolds his argument like this:

  • Institutions are inherently exclusionary.
  • We corporately as humans have trillions of hours of spare time each year.
  • He calls this our “cognitive surplus”.
  • We live in a connected age with technology that allows this to be harnessed.
  • How might this be used to design for generosity with communal benefit?
  • Can this add to civic value and by doing so create a better society?

I think it can. This is how the 10 City Bridge Run is designed- a methodology around crowdsourcing to influence extreme poverty.

Please help us to build bridges to a better future. What would that look like for you?

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