door no. 11

December 11, 2020

Digital collaboration is radically changing the way we work – it is becoming faster, more participatory, more transparent and more cooperative; classical organisational models with formal hierarchies are being replaced or supplemented by agile models with roles and functions. But why does this, often self-organised, collaboration work sometimes more and sometimes less well? One aspect here is the term “cognitive surplus”. What is meant by this?




What does the term "cognitive surplus" mean?

  1. The “aha” moment when someone understands something he/she did not understand before.

    This is an interesting interpretation, but unfortunately wrong.

  2. Collaborations between individuals and/or peer groups working together without the intention of obtaining funds and organised through social media.

    Yes, it is. The term was coined by the American author Clay Shirky, who works as a consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of internet technologies and journalism. In his book “Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators” (2010), Shirky searches for evidence that global transformation can come from individuals who dedicate their time to actively engaging with technology. Among other things, he also explores the question of why people collaborate in open source projects.

  3. A memory chip that can be implanted under the skin for easier learning.

    Cool idea, but no, not true.