Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus



Shirky's concept of Cognitive Surplus reveals how new technologies have enabled us to collectively collaborate and utilise our spare brain power to change society for the good. Traditionally we spent our time consuming media without being able to interact, now within the digital world we can use our time not only to consume but also participate and share.... and these two intrinsic motivation are overiding our economic motivations.

What are the elements that make up our collaborative surplus?

1) The world's free time and talent
2) The media landscape went from passively consuming media to actively engaging with media. Tools such as the internet and mobile phones have allowed us to do more than just consume, now we can create a share.

These things together reveal human kinds intrinsic motivations of creating and sharing and therefore the internet has created a platform for collaboration and generosity. Watch the video for more!