exists in. That would represent something like one hundred million hours of human thought, back when I was talking to the TV producer. (Martin Wattenberg, an IBM researcher who has spent time studying Wikipedia, helped me arrive at that figure. It’s a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but it’s the right order of magnitude.) One hundred million hours of cumulative thought is obviously a lot. How much is it, though, compared to the amount of time we spend watching television? Americans watch roughly two hundred billion hours of TV every year. That represents about two thousand
Note: this is a great bit for the blog . . .the sheer volume of minutes as compared to wikipedia is cool and convincing.
responses. But that was just the beginning. Realizing the site’s potential, the founders decided to turn Ushahidi into a platform so that anyone could set up their own service for collecting and mapping information
Note: it woud be fun to check this site and service out . . .it looks like it might have potential classroom uses.
different lessons: People want to do something to make the world a better place. They will help when they are invited to. Access to cheap, flexible tools removes many of the barriers to trying new things. You don’t need fancy computers to harness cognitive surplus; simple phones are enough. But one of the most important lessons is this: once you’ve figured out how to tap the surplus in a way that people care about, others can replicate your technique, over and over, around the world.
Note: may be a great conclusion for the social media book . . .tapping into the idea of cognitive surplus and that people want to help if asked . . .and the idea if you create a model it can be replicated over and over will resonate particularly in the chapter on professional development.
Participants are different. To participate is to act as if your presence matters, as if,
Note: a great quote for a slide.