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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
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."

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. 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


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