Weekly Links (weekly)

  • The new architecture of work is now emerging, after decades of transition. White collar work became knowledge work which has now become creative work. The transition from process to networks is not just a recasting, not just a different style of communication. The work is styled as information sharing through social relationships, and where ‘following’ takes the place of ‘invitation’.

    tags: cooperation following engagement collaboration AOC

  • Here at The Next Web, we recently highlighted a growing trend amongst startups to offer human beings for hire. It seems that every week new companies emerge that allow people to offer up their skills, or just their personalities, to others who will happily pay for them. This isn’t just another startup trend though, this could be the beginning of a new way of buying services and selling ourselves – and it may even help save the economy. Below, we explore why self-service labor markets could be so important in the future. First though, who are these startups and what are they offering?

    tags: work employment AOC

  • The hope is that these young people will eventually leave the house when the economy perks up, and doubtless many will. Others, however, will choose to root themselves in their neighborhoods and use social media to create relationships that sustain them as they craft alternatives to the rat race. Somewhere in the suburbs there is an unemployed 23-year-old who is plotting a cultural insurrection, one that will resonate with existing demographic, cultural and economic trends so powerfully that it will knock American society off its axis.

    tags: Millenials economy future AOC

  • Heatherton’s results did much more than provide additional confirmation that glucose is a vital part of willpower; they helped solve the puzzle over how glucose could work without global changes in the brain’s total energy use. Apparently ego depletion causes activity to rise in some parts of the brain and to decline in others. Your brain does not stop working when glucose is low. It stops doing some things and starts doing others. It responds more strongly to immediate rewards and pays less attention to long-term prospects.

    tags: AOC decision brain nutrition influence

  • For you see, the network isn’t the wires, the towers, or the mobiles. The network is people. And people don’t like being spied upon. People will grow increasingly frustrated with the restrictions you place upon their activities, and from those frustrations will come a search for solutions. 

    tags: AOC flashmobs socialmedia media organizing

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.