“The developed world has over a trillion hours of free time a year.”–Clay Shirky
This short video from Clay Shirky is well worth the four minutes, but I have pulled out my favorite quotes from it for an even shorter version.
“We can now use this free time in aggregate as we can collaborate with one another on large scale projects.”
Shirky addresses generosity and abundant free time in the video. Although this kind of global generosity often comes in a fragmented and asynchronous manner, over time it yields exponential results.
“An explosion of collaborative projects that aren’t driven by managers or the market, but are nevertheless changing society.”
“We’ve always had an enormous amount of time to do as we like, it’s just the principle use of that time …was watching television.”
“It isn’t just about creating self-amusement or distraction, but real civic value.”
We have an unprecedented opportunity to change the world. I hope you start collaborating globally by sharing generously and asking boldly!