December 2011 // Issue 2

STATE OF AMERICA

An Emerging Workforce: Micro-Laborers – New Sites And Apps Allow People To Outsource Odd Jobs To A Growing Army Of Temporary Assistants. Thousands Have Parlayed One-Off Job Requests Into Part- Or Full-Time Work.

Via The Wall Street Journal

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

To Know Me Is To Pay Me – Is Personal Data The Currency Of The 21st Century? Some Startups Are Banking On It.

Via AdAge

SMART BRANDS

Rewarding The “First To Buy” Influential Consumer, Gazelle Goes To The Front Of The Line And Sponsors The First Two People Waiting For The Release Of The iPhone 4S.

Via Mashable

BRIGHT IDEAS

Pardon The Disruption – 10 Bold Thinkers Explain How Push Back Helped Pull Off Their Creative Vision.

Via Fast Company

ON THE RADAR

Follow Me: @medialab News From The MIT Media Lab That Has Been Inventing The Future For The Past 25 Years.

Try Me: Banjo Is An App Which Enables Users To Access Updates In Real Time, Across Multiple Social Networks, From The People Nearest To Them (Sourced Via Geo-Tagged Social Media Updates); Shown Either As A List Or Map View.

Read This: Mark Earls Uses A Diverse Range Of Sources, Anecdotes, And Evidence In Herd To Show That We Are At Heart A ‘We-Species,’ But One Suffering From The ‘Illusion Of I.’

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