Cognitive Surplus visualized

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I was listening to writer Clay Shirky talk about cognitive surplus – the idea of spare brainpower in the world’s collective mind just sitting there waiting, wanting, to be harnessed.

He had a stand-out statistic that snagged my mind. I thought I would visualise it.

See the image on its own

Shocking proportion. Interestingly, when I sketched the diagram, my imagination had the scale way wrong.

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    Hi David! Nice post! I had a great time here. Thank you very much for sharing this information. Clay Shirky is indeed a very stunning writer. I hope you are having a good time.