Posted by: crudbasher | November 28, 2011

A Great Example of Spontaneous Social Systems

Welcome to Cyber Monday! The big power of the Internet however isn’t to buy things. 🙂 It’s to connect people.

This ability of people everywhere to connect with other people is the disruptive power we are all starting to see in various industries. I think we will start seeing this in education pretty soon.

The form this takes is existing social systems are dismantled and then other, smaller systems popup to take their place. These smaller system appear and disappear as needed and require very little overhead. You can start to see this principle in this article. It allows people to connect with others to do little odd jobs.

I wonder how long it will be until students start posting for people to do their homework for them? 🙂

Please read the article, it’s fascinating!

    • A new crop of websites and smartphone applications are allowing people to farm out chores to a growing army of temporary personal assistants. These micro-employees are taking the division of labor to once-unthinkable extremes.
    • Thousands of unemployed or underemployed workers have parlayed one-off job requests into part- or full-time work. The gigs are especially popular with stay-at-home moms, retirees and students. Workers choose their jobs and negotiate their own rates.
    • Some micro-laborers find a lot of little tasks can add up. Alanna Greenham, 56, was cash-strapped and unemployed in San Francisco. Then last April, while sending in her 30th job application, she came across a TaskRabbit ad.

      After submitting an online application, completing a video interview and going through a Social Security number trace and a federal criminal background check, Ms. Greenham joined the San Francisco-based company’s crew of about 2,000 “TaskRabbits.” She does odd jobs via the service every day, aiming to clear at least $25 an hour. So far, she’s completed about 250 jobs and has racked up around $1,500 a month.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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