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We could probably use an archivist.
by Migeru

I could probably use $20/hour and a laptop ...
by poemless

Cool, now we know your opportunity cost.
Will one of these enough?
by Migeru       

That's exactly it: consultants charge by the hour but that is nonsense. The product has a value and a deadline. If you cannot meet the deadline you offer to do it in twice the time for half the money. Or if you want more money you offer to do it in half the time.

Until you have something to sell everyone is a potential client.  Once a product line is determined it is the task of Marketing to go out to seek and destroy and do their little thing: verify the projected market exists, that it is large enough to justify addressing, position the product(s) in that market, & etc.  
I'm neither discounting nor disrespecting your position.  Far from it.  What I am saying is: that's Step D and we haven't done Steps A, B, and C yet.
If we can't come up with 10 distinct products we're not trying very hard.  
by ATinNM

There is a numerical fact that if 1000 people gave 10 minutes of their time, 6 days a week, there would be the equivalent of 25 people fully employed.
This is the power to be harnessed. It is a simple illustration - I'm not saying you can achieve anything in 10 minutes a day, although that was proved to work in the case of the post-Katrina data
translation/collation effort to put people in touch with each other, with pets  and with possessions.
What we need are the tools that make it possible for people to work in this manner co-operatively, at any time, in any place. ET is virtually a magazine that is created in this way - the content creation is decentralized, and the content is self-edited by the surrounding commentary. It is a start.
I have been involved in many online projects. Some have been merely the circulation by email of documents, ideas, reflections, powerpoints etc. It works with a small team on largely text-based projects. (The ppts are usually extensions of documents).  Some projects have been a mix of video or tele conferencing and document exchange. The most interesting have used commercial software that is designed for co-operation and the sharing of almost any kind of digital files live. These projects have been leaderless or, rather, leaderfull. The agenda is always set by the group and is always visible as it evolves.
All these projects have been membership only. That is an aspect that needs to be discussed.
by Sven Triloqvist

It is not nonsense, since I gave you a practical example. I could give you another one: the AA employs a lot of retired or housebound people to stand by to man emergency service calls when the full-time system is overloaded. The AA has installed an internet connected call station in their homes. They get paid to stand by. The actual work may be only a few minutes a day - if that.
It is your archaic thinking that will not help to find a solution. We have to start thinking about what 'work' is in a entirely different way.
What IS a productive time period? 2 minutes? 10 minutes? 1 hour? 5 hours? What is there so very special about 8 hours?
by Sven Triloqvist

Of course. But not everyone does stuff that is highly technical. All kinds of work is needed to run a society. All I am saying is that it is worth studying new methods that do not necessarily depend on lots of people being in the same place at the same time working for the same company.
by Sven Triloqvist

It's possible to be extremely flexible. One can only take on "metaconsultancy" to the extent that one's existing commitments - including jobs - allow it.  And of course that needs to be made clear in terms of engagement on new projects.  ie "This would take a week full time, but our expert will need a month cos he/she is otherwise engaged" ..and it's either "Ok, fine" or "Thanks, but I need it in a week".
A bit like doing a paid dissertation... ;-)
by ChrisCook

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Nov 13th, 2007 at 12:15:39 AM EST

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