Tag Archives: Volunteering

I Plead Not Guilty

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… no longer needs to leave the house to get a do-gooder fix. Instead of braving the cold, I took my volunteering skills into cyberspace, where I discovered myriad ways to help out my fellow man, NGO or not-for-profit. The tasks are varied, and the amount of help you provide can vary from a few minutes’ microwork, to upwards of several days of sweet, sweet guilt relief.

For those interested, a good place to start looking is the website The Extraordinaries. There, amongst numerous …

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Ancient Lives: crowdsourcing makes history (but will it last?)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… with a seriously slick user interface to play with, nothing beats the warm glow of goodwill that volunteering from the comfort of your home (or work place) produces. That and being able to tell friends that you spent your afternoon transcribing ancient scrolls.

What lets the site down slightly, I think, is the rather basic user engagement and lack of any real feedback system. Aside from the satisfaction of helping out, the only reward for transcribing a scroll is (wait for it)… another …

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How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is an Internet connection and a mobile phone.

And then there’s the growing phenomenon of micro volunteering. Like the Sparked (formerly the Extraordinaries) network, micro volunteering organizations take projects from non-profit organizations and divide the work into (you’ve guessed it) microtasks, which are distributed to a crowd of skilled volunteers. Projects range from the global mapping of defibrillator locations, to helping improve the website of a domestic violence charity in …


Getting paid to party: what is the difference between work and play?

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… demand, and possibly also of others involved in the same game or activity. Many people also enjoy volunteering for charities. As a result, it is not possible to distinguish between work and play simply by saying that one is productive while the other is not.

Follow the money?

Surely we can still make the practical distinction that work is something that someone will pay you money for? Not unless you are willing to say that housework, subsistence farming and slave labor are not work, but …