Tag Archives: Think tank

Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘think tank’? A passionately engaged team of experts, using their knowledge to shape the social discourse? A bunch of overeducated technocrats with no experience of the real world, dictating our futures? A telepathically-operated war machine?

Whatever your opinion, think tanks – or policy research units – are everywhere, clustering around democracy like barnacles on a ship’s hull. The …

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MOG: the day the music gamified

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… people have grown up listening (legally and illegally) to free music. Most 16-year-olds seem to think unlimited downloads are a basic human right. Sometimes it seems like Apple shareholders are the only ones who make a decent living from the industry anymore.

The recent Spotify-Facebook deal has pumped up the volume of online debate. Since the “deep integration” of the two companies was announced, Spotify has gained 1 million users and, simultaneously, managed to enrage the …

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Crowdsource a country clean? Yes we can.

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… charities, banks, national airlines, celebrities, neighborhoods and even armies (nothing like a tank to make kids put their gum in the trash). The organization is also open to working with other crowdsourcing services, such as the crowd management app Groundcrew (discussed previously on the blog ) “These are great initiatives”, says Ahti, “and could be used to organize field activity in some of our cleanups”.

A lean, clean machine

As well as direct action, Let’s do it! …

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Madmen join the game

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Health failing, he cowers behind the bombed-out shell of an armored tank. The enemy is getting close. Too close. There is nothing else for it. He has to move, and move now. Lobbing his last grenade high over the tank to distract his tormentors, he bolts for the safety of the abandoned bunker. Just meters from the entrance, he cops that final, fatal bullet. Lying prone, his vision begins to fail. But not before noticing an advert for men’s antiperspirant near …

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