TED Radio Hour for Friday, October 4, 2013

Why Does Wikipedia Work?

Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," and gave them tools for collaborating to create a self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

Can You Crowdsource Without Even Knowing It?

Computer programmer Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions done by millions on the Internet for greater good. He put CAPTCHAs, those online puzzles to verify you're not a robot, to work by digitizing books and teaching foreign languages.

What Motivates Us To Collaborate?

Social media guru Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" β€” the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy contributing to the web in our small ways, we're building a better, more cooperative world.

Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

Can You Code A Better Government?

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can β€” and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments β€” and their neighbors.
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