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Microvolunteering - "mechanical turk" meets ADD and service

by shmody / July 1, 2009 5:38 AM PDT

Microvolunteering - "mechanical turk" meets ADD and service
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106118736
excerpt:
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Through The Extraordinaries, you might be able to use your smart phone ? while waiting in the dentist's office or standing in the DMV line ? to:

? translate a foreign-language document into English

? add identifying tags to photos and videos for a museum

? give advice to a college applicant

During your lunch break you could snap a picture of a pothole that needs patching and zap it to the proper authorities. You could report a dying elm to the parks-and-recreation department or spot a rare woodpecker for the Audubon Society.

"This is an organization that changes the paradigm," says Jacob Colker, 26, co-founder of the San Francisco-based Extraordinaries. "We hope people might look differently at that ride on the bus and not just play video games."
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This is really interesting. Sure you could just do one thing and then it's back to work, or you could dedicate ~1hr to a variety of "microvoluneering" tasks. I love how this seems so easy to distribute and gives all sorts of folks the power to do good. But...how is one recognized for exceedingly good job on a task or taking on an enormous task load? I mean, it's only courteous to recognize extra-ordinary efforts, yes?

I think I'd get a smartphone just so I could do this stuff...what a clever marketing angle huh? Wink

Best,
Shalin

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