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Published on Nov 22, 2010
In a unique approach to voluntarism, Ben Rigby has taken the time element out of doing good works. For the past 15 years, he has focused his efforts on developing youth-focused Web and mobile phone software for non-profits and brand-name companies. In 2008, he co-founded The Extraordinaries, the micro-volunteering network that allows people to volunteer on-demand and on-the-spot using mobile phones and the Internet. Rigby's group is part of a new movement that combines tiny technology and huge social goals. He is the author of Mobilizing Generation 2.0, a handbook that promotes using virtual technologies to recruit, organize and engage youth. It's all part of the micro world. What began with microscopes and microbiology has morphed into microeverything: microchips, microhousing, microjobs. And now: microvolunteerism.
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