Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
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?