Craigslist Joe

After another long chat with Soumitri, spurring an interest in the delicacies of social networks, I came across this.

“Garner left his residence with nothing planned beyond simply surviving without money for as long as possible, and, he hoped, meeting some interesting people along the way. He brought only the basics along with him (beyond a camera guy): just a pre-paid cell phone, a wireless internet card, the clothes on his back and a toothbrush. He ended up traveling all around the country for 31 days, though, and meeting all types of people—from a dominatrix in Chicago to Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans.

He did not starve to death.

The goal of the project was to see whether technology and social media could bring people closer together, especially in tough times. Using Facebook would have opened up the door to help from too many people Garner knew directly and indirectly. Instead he went the Craigslist route, relying on the kindness of strangers.”

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A little sketch, based on Dana Arnett’s

Listening to Dana Arnett speak at agIdeas last week, I thought of this little sketch. Dana was discussing working for love, for people and for the planet, and how this must be balanced with the need to be paid. He showed us a sketch of the seesaw. Taking it a step further, I suggest that design and innovation can help keep the balance.