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J Kaufman

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  • Crowdsourcing

  • Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business
  • By: Jeff Howe
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

"Crowdsourcing" describes the process by which the power of the many can be used to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few. Crowdsourcing activates the transformative power of today's technology, liberating the potential within us all. It's a perfect meritocracy, where age, education, and job history no longer matter. If you can perform the service, design the product, or solve the problem, you've got the job.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A repeat from other books

  • By Martin Proulx on 12-10-08

Worth your time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-09

If you are reading this, you are participating in 'crowdsourcing' and after listening to this, I had to become a member of the audible crowd. Soo...There are lessons in here about how to harness the power of community via the internet. I would recommend to anyone working on sites or applications that included collaborative elements.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blink

  • The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,315

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read with contradictory messages

  • By Danny on 04-21-05

A great communicator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-09

As usual Mr. Gladwell has impressive insights. This time he looks at the power of 'thin slicing' which is essentially making a snap judgment about something. The key to that blink reaction being accurate though has much to do with the observers expertise in an area (you need to have some) and the context in which they are making the determination (you need to have a neutral, unbiased way to make the judgment or it may be unavoidably affected).

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,283

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sociology for the masses.

  • By Dean on 10-28-10

Insightful as always

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-09

After Outliers and Blink, I went searching for more of Gladwell's work and while this wasn't quite as earth shattering to me as the others, it was very good. In a nutshell, there are certain elements to any mania, fad or other 'thought epidemic' and he clearly details the types of people (e.g. 'connectors', 'mavens', 'persuaders') and the circumstances present when these things take off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful