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Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative has been shared in 26 public circles

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Share a Circle583Ad & Share this Circle to be included  #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circle   #circles   #circlesharing   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharepoint   #sharedcircleoftheday   #shareacircle   #friends   #friendsclub   #follow   #followme   #followback   #followers   #ad  2013-08-07 22:09:49272358CC G+
Model Photos & Art Works526Model & Photo Circle Update March 2013enjoy, comment, vote and share this circle.Please add my special friend +Andreas Denstorf photo artisthttps://plus.google.com/u/0/101775378004698597747/posts #model   #models   #modeling   #modelshoot   #photography   #photographers   #artist   #artists   #fashion   #fashionstyle   #design   #designer   #designers   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #fotograf   #fotografía   2013-03-24 12:28:07333003CC G+
Share a Circle218Circle Update ... share it with your friends.And please add the artist +Andreas Denstorf modern art artworks https://plus.google.com/u/0/101775378004698597747/posts #sharedcircles   #friends   #circleshare   #friendship   #sharedcircle   #art  2013-03-24 11:57:21217367CC G+
Dave Tozier0Randy Hilarski originally shared this post:These people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. To find out who has shared you check out2012-11-22 22:42:39156415CC G+
Randy Hilarski13,086These people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. To find out who has shared you check out +CircleCount    #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-21 15:31:11156141114CC G+
Randy Hilarski11,639No hype just the facts, these people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. As +Dirk Talamasca says the rules are the rules. To find out who has shared you check out +CircleCount    #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-14 23:17:44144172018CC G+
Randy Hilarski11,039Thank you for helping this circle grow! I will be sharing it every other day now through December. All you have to do is share the circle to be added.To find out who is sharing you in circles check out +CircleCount   #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-12 14:06:40129171015CC G+
Randy Hilarski10,576Here we go again! The Circle grew by 18 people the last share. The Goal is 500 people in the circle by Christmas.My Sharing is Caring circle continues to grow. If you would like to be part of this circle all you have to do is share it. To find out who is sharing you in circles check out +CircleCount  #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-09 11:56:53112262619CC G+
Randy Hilarski10,455My Sharing is Caring circle continues to grow. If you would like to be part of this circle all you have to do is share it. To find out who is sharing you in circles check out +CircleCount #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-08 00:54:2196191720CC G+
Sean Archer2,401+Randy Hilarski made this starter circle and it's a fun way of giving back to the folks who have shared me in circles. Some of them shared me and are folks I see every day in my stream because they're talkers, and some are just folks who shared me, and sometimes share the stuff I send. They're mixed with the folks who were in Randy's original circle. He vouches for those folks, and I vouch for mine. Maybe you could add the folks who've shared you and share on.  Here's the text from Randy's original post: _This is a circle of people who have shared me in a circle according to +CircleCount . I owe a great many thanks to this group!I would like to propose an idea. Circle the people that are in this circle, add the people that have shared you according to circlecount.com then reshare. Sharing is caring on G Plus. I would like to add people that share circles, I know many of you would like that also. My goal is to have this circle grow to 500 by the new year. We can do it! If you would like to be shared in this circle simply reshare and I will add you to the next share._#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #snowballcircle   #CircleCount  2012-11-02 15:11:09568211CC G+
Randy Hilarski9,697My Sharing is Caring circle continues to grow. If you would like to be part of this circle all you have to do is share it. To find out who is sharing you in circles check out +CircleCount #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare  2012-11-02 13:54:4782111113CC G+
Randy Hilarski9,517This is a circle of people who have shared me in a circle according to +CircleCount . I owe a great many thanks to this group!I would like to propose an idea. Circle the people that are in this circle, add the people that have shared you according to circlecount.com then reshare. Sharing is caring on G Plus. I would like to add people that share circles, I know many of you would like that also. My goal is to have this circle grow to 500 by the new year. We can do it! If you would like to be shared in this circle simply reshare and I will add you to the next share. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #snowballcircle   #CircleCount   2012-10-28 00:55:3241856CC G+
Randy Hilarski8,604Here is a circle of people who have shared me in circles since I first arrived on #GooglePlus  .  You can check who has shared you by visiting +CircleCount Thank you to everyone here, you have helped make my G+ experience amazing!2012-09-18 15:51:3746726CC G+
Randy Hilarski7,599Thank you to everyone in this shared circle. You guys are amazing! According to +CircleCount you have all shared me in a circle. I greatly appreciate it. If you want to see your G+ community grow these are the kinds of people that make it happen.2012-07-24 15:16:2639101CC G+
Alister Macintyre7,115+Making Google Plus Work Here is my circle of G+ Product Pages with info to help Businesses see how to better Market themselves on the Internet.  Also check out #VBT.2012-06-09 22:28:2037200CC G+
TheFanar.com Holiday Homes972Business Pages , Directory for Pages shared , Shared Pages , Shared Business Pages , Directory for Pages , G+ Shared Circle Directory for Pages#hoildays #travel #directory #sharedcircles #busniess #smes #news2012-05-29 06:14:3736012CC G+
TheFanar.com Holiday Homes919#CircleSundayspecial unique circle continuesravel and Holidays Business PagesThis circle includes the pages of some of the most successful companies in the worldBusiness Pages , Directory for Pages shared , Shared Pages , Shared Business Pages , Directory for Pages , G+ Shared Circle Directory for Pages#hoildays #travel #directory #sharedcircles #busniess #smes #news2012-05-22 13:30:31136001CC G+
Storage Station0#sharedcircles2012-05-10 12:56:30340002CC G+
Randy Hilarski6,400For #circlesharefriday I would like to share the circle of people who have shared me according to +CircleCount . Being shared in a circle is a great honor. Thank you to all of you!2012-04-27 14:57:4129802CC G+
Randy Hilarski5,664I am going to take a page from +Bearman Cartoons today. This circle was put together using +CircleCount . These are people who shared circles with me in them publicly except for a few that I know have recommended me to limited. Some of the folks like +Jack C Crawford +kayra vaz and +Rahul Roy it has been multiple times. This is one of the ways we grow our community, through circle shares. Thank you everyone in this circle, I owe you a great deal of gratitude.2012-03-28 16:43:1725213CC G+
Alister Macintyre1,990+Grizwald Grim Here is circle of VBT participants ... there's 549 in my circle, but G+ only lets me share 500 of what is here.2011-12-29 05:20:385011104CC G+
Gregory Esau87An enhanced version of my previously shared circle of "World Intelligence" . If there is anybody else that you feel should be on here... maybe even you!!...please let me know. This is what I call my "World Intelligence" Circle. The purpose of this circle is that collectively, they give us a enhanced understanding of the world...and this included our Google Plus World!!...we live in.Our collective goal is to build on this circle, to constantly improve the diversity of views, and depth of knowledge, so we can 'crowd source' better ways to both understand the world in which we operate, but in turn lead in this world, to make it a better place for all of us. This Circle falls roughly into six categories:1) Economics and Economic Systems2) The Internet and Social Technologies3) Politics and Global Politics4) Science and Technology5) Religions and Spirituality6) Environment and Ecological Systems. These all inter-relate in one way or another, and it has long been my view, to understand our world, we need to constantly learn, and collaboratively share our knowledge around these 'systems'. None of us individually can 'know' or 'understand' the world, but as a collaborative enterprise, we can develop better knowledge for better leadership.2011-12-11 00:07:392394212CC G+
Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative440Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative Circle. This is being posted mostly as a thank you to the people who have followed our new Google+ page. In the brief time since we set this up, more than 400 people have added it to their circles and are following our posts. Clearly something we are doing has inspired, or at least intrigued, a good number of people here. We really appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to explore ways we can use a bit of the extra brain power we all have to help each other. These projects will be announced on the VBT Google+ page, so be sure to add that to your circles if you have not yet done so, and also on the network we are building at http://VirtualBrainTrust.org. Some of our more advanced projects will be lauhched on that site, so please consider adding a profile there if your interest is more than casual. It is possible this may be one of the last times we are able to share this circle - we are getting close to Google's 500 member limit and shared circles have limited utility for what we are doing anyway. Still, there are some great people to follow here, They all believe in the spirit of cooperation and have offered to at least consider using a bit of their extra brainpower - their skills, intelligence and creativity to help other people. If you are looking for people who are both smart and considerate, this is a great place to start.2011-12-09 16:58:254291798CC G+
G+ Business Pages Directory3,464We would Like to Share this Circle of Google+ Pages.This 'Circle' has been Created by +Carol Crawley Would You Like Your Page to be Added?Please Comment below.2011-12-08 02:46:0835022811CC G+
Kevin Gillard125I'd Like to Share this Circle of Google+ Business Pages with Everyone.I am experimenting with Adding Circles and Sharing them.Please forgive me if this goes wrong.2011-12-08 02:18:271371103CC G+
Rob Gordon7,673Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative. I shared this last week privately, but thought I would now share this publicly and bring everyone up to date on a few of our activities. If you haven't heard of the VBT, there are a group of us here working on ways we can use our collective brain power - sometimes called the "cognitive surplus", for our mutual advantage. The primary way we are doing this is by working towards the formation of small teams, each dedicated to the success of a specific individual member who we call "the client". In these small groups, team members brainstorm to confidentially offer ideas, advice, and suggestions to help the client move forward in his or her life, business and/or career. The best way to learn about this group is probably the original post announcing the relaunch of this initiative: http://goo.gl/HxDGEThis project is perhaps not moving as fast as we would like, but it is moving forward. A few teams have formed and are making progress, and more importantly we have established a Coordinating Committee to help organize and guide the development of the VBT. The following people have agreed to serve on this committee, and I am absolutely delighted at the range and depth of talent we have been able to attract:+Lil Peck +Jason Pruim +Alister Macintyre +Renae Gibson-Suzuki +Ayoub Khote +Jim Will +Jera Wolfe +Mimi Passalacqua +Lesa Evans +Te-Erika Patterson +Honza Rejthar We have also developed a business/social network for this initiative. Google+ is great for meeting new like minded people, but for a number of reasons, it is not so great for organizing a project like this. If you are interested in this initiative, and especially if you are already in the VBT circle, please take a few minutes and create a profile at the link below. We are still calling this an "alpha" site2011-11-09 19:11:0015132288CC G+

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2011-12-09 16:58:25 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 7 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative Circle. This is being posted mostly as a thank you to the people who have followed our new Google+ page. In the brief time since we set this up, more than 400 people have added it to their circles and are following our posts. Clearly something we are doing has inspired, or at least intrigued, a good number of people here. We really appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to explore ways we can use a bit of the extra brain power we all have to help each other.

These projects will be announced on the VBT Google+ page, so be sure to add that to your circles if you have not yet done so, and also on the network we are building at http://VirtualBrainTrust.org. Some of our more advanced projects will be lauhched on that site, so please consider adding a profile there if your interest is more than casual.

It is possible this may... more »

Most reshares: 9

2011-12-09 16:58:25 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 7 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative Circle. This is being posted mostly as a thank you to the people who have followed our new Google+ page. In the brief time since we set this up, more than 400 people have added it to their circles and are following our posts. Clearly something we are doing has inspired, or at least intrigued, a good number of people here. We really appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to explore ways we can use a bit of the extra brain power we all have to help each other.

These projects will be announced on the VBT Google+ page, so be sure to add that to your circles if you have not yet done so, and also on the network we are building at http://VirtualBrainTrust.org. Some of our more advanced projects will be lauhched on that site, so please consider adding a profile there if your interest is more than casual.

It is possible this may... more »

Most plusones: 7

2012-01-10 00:28:15 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE VBT

I would like to again thank everyone again for your interest in the VBT and to annouce a change we are making. As you may know, we first lauched this initiative on Google Buzz and then relaunched it on Google+. When Google announced its Google Pages product, we established this page for the VBT and quickly got over 700 people to follow us here, and that number continues to grow.

There are a few problems with this though. First, the people who are following this page have a wide range in levels of interest - some are intensely interested and involved, others just mildly interested and some don't even really know what we are doing - they have followed this page because someone put it in a shared circle that they added to their stream.

A bigger problem is that that there is really no way for people to participate on a Google+... more »

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2013-02-19 05:41:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Note:  This is a long post I wrote earlier today on the new private community for the VBTC.   It describes why this organization was formed and why we decided to relaunch.   It is still small, just 30 some members at this writing, but we have some amazing people.   Please consider joining us if you like what we are doing and would like to participate.   Request an invitation at the attached link   

Welcome to the Virtual Brain Trust Community. 

I want to take a few minutes to welcome new members to this relaunch of the Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative.  

If you have never heard of this initiative, it was an attempt - first tried way back on Google Buzz in the middle of the global financial system meltdown.  I noticed that many people were hurting badly during this serious recession, and many were facing these difficulties alone. 

I was spurredinto actio... more »

2013-02-18 20:44:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Virtual Teams and Virtual Accelerator

I want to make a quick post to clarify the difference between two initiates I have been working on through this community: "virtual advisory teams" and a "virtual accelerator for micro-enterprise" - they are related, but the kind and level of participation will be different, so let me explain:

Virtual Advisory Teams.  I have long believed that too many of us are working alone, without the benefit of the sea of brainpower that surrounds us, and that if we found more effective ways of working together - for our mutual benefit, we could make amazing things happen.  We will be helping to facilitate team formation, for anyone who wants it, using techniques we developed on the "Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative" except with streamlined methods and vastly improved technology.  Hangout, for example,didn'... more »

2012-02-28 20:39:13 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)

Hangout Tomorrow: 4:00PM PST, 7:00PM EST, 12:00AM GMT

Crowd Funding Discussion.

There will be a hangout tomorrow hosted by the VBT to discuss trends and methods of "crowd funding". This will be a "discussion" - not a presentation - we will compare notes about what we all currently now about this method of fundraising including the best sites and resources, legal issues, future trends and how to prepare your project or venture for crowd funding. This will build on some of the research +Alister Macintyre has done on this for the VBT so please be prepared to discuss your own project or venture during this meeting. This hangout is open to all, but there seems to be considerable interest so please contact me (Rob Gordon) for an invitation in case room runs out. Hope to see you tomorrow.

2012-02-15 19:07:44 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Seeking Employment or Contract Opportunities. One of the suggestions that came out of the hangout we had for the Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative is that we share information about people looking for work so people offering jobs can find them here, and also so they can also better find each other to strategize and share ideas and perhaps contacts and resources.

The VirtualBrainTrust.org site does have that information in our member database but we are also trying to make the best use of Google+ so will be sharing a circle of employment seekers for anyone who wants to be included. I don't want to include anyone in this circle without getting their permission first so please comment here if you would like to be included or simply +1 this post. Feel free to reshare this post. I will publish the circle as soon as we have a decent number of people - probably in about a week. ... more »

2012-02-13 00:47:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Save this date:

Business Meeting Tuesday: 11:00AM PST, 2:00PM EST, 7:00PM GMT

What: First in a series to discuss the business & operations of the VBT

Where: A Google+ hangout

Who: Open to all VBT members, defined here as anyone who is following the VBT Google+ Page

Please try to make room in your calendar for a Google+ hangout this Tuesday. This will be a "discussion" - not a series of proclamations but will have the following specific agenda. Hope you can make it, but if not I am planning another for Thursday at 4:00 PST. Try to make this one though - I will try to keep it to about 30 minutes but if we are making progress I may let it go a bit longer than this.

AGENDA

1, The Mission of the VBT - discussion

2. Activities Status Updates
-VBT Site development
-VBT online presence... more »

2012-02-06 21:23:27 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 3 +1s)

Someone needs our help. As I think you know, we normally don't ask people for donations with the VBT. We are looking for your brains, not your money. If a situation arises, however, where a small amount of money can have a big impact, we are not adverse to asking.

One such situation has recently come to my attention. One of our members, who has been very forthright about his struggles with mental illness and previous homelessness revealed in some post comments that he does not have a computer. This was noticed by +Meg Tufano who offered to donate $100 towards the purchase of a computer if we can find others to also make a donations and collect enough too buy a decent machine. This particular member is no dummy - quite the opposite. In fact, he is a network engineer who has worked with a number of Fortune 500 clients, and also has expressed a desire to do more writing -... more »

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2012-01-26 20:24:01 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

Greetings all,

I hope everyone's year is off to a good start. My apologies if my leadership of this initiative has been somewhat lacking of late. It was important that I start my own VBT team and not just tell other people that is what they should be doing. I don't want to pretend that this is easy - it really does take some effort, but the benefits once you get it going are well worth it. My life and business is in horrible disarray at the moment and my team, which is really just getting going, has already helped me a great deal in just the brief time since it started.

Anyway, I am not posting this to talk about myself. One of our members who has been extremely supportive of the VBT concept from the very start now would like to form his own VBT team. +Brandon Horton (aka Reed Richards) is an aspiring entrepreneur who lives in Chicago. He works for a trade school... more »

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2012-01-23 19:06:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Some excellent, but simple and common sense advice on how to pick a co-founder for those with startup ventures.

2012-01-14 23:29:43 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Reminder - the main discussion for the VBT is moving to Google Groups. We are just getting started there so if you are interesting in participating in this group further please join the Google Groups for it at the link below. Since it is a listserv, make sure you have a method to manage the email generated there. It is not too heavy yet, but I suspect it will be. I like the multiple email boxes you can set up in Gmail labs, but use whatever method works best for you. I wouldn't turn off alerts entirely though - it is easy to forget to revisit a "web only" service.

We are going to continue the development and build out of the http://VirtualBrainTrust.org site, but this is a quick way to get started - and speaking of which, here is a post I just made on that forum that describes one method of getting going:
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Notes on Getting Started with... more »

2012-01-10 00:28:15 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE VBT

I would like to again thank everyone again for your interest in the VBT and to annouce a change we are making. As you may know, we first lauched this initiative on Google Buzz and then relaunched it on Google+. When Google announced its Google Pages product, we established this page for the VBT and quickly got over 700 people to follow us here, and that number continues to grow.

There are a few problems with this though. First, the people who are following this page have a wide range in levels of interest - some are intensely interested and involved, others just mildly interested and some don't even really know what we are doing - they have followed this page because someone put it in a shared circle that they added to their stream.

A bigger problem is that that there is really no way for people to participate on a Google+... more »

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2012-01-02 18:47:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Happy New Year from the Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative

I hope this isn't too "out there", but for the New Year's greeting for the VBT I have selected this blog post written a while ago on Raptitude.com. In it, they ask you to consider a hypothetical situation. Suppose some superpower extracted your "self" from your body and your life right now, and dropped in a completely different person into your brain and mind. You would still have the same home or apartment, the same friends and family, the same body and health, the same business and job - or lack of a job, but "you" would not be "you" anymore - you would be looking at your entire life through the eyes of a completely different person.

Would this new person you to see the problems and opportunities - your entire life in a different way? Would he or she make any changes? ... more »

2011-12-30 17:14:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust "Suggestion Box"
Please post your suggestions here.

2011-12-09 16:58:25 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 7 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative Circle. This is being posted mostly as a thank you to the people who have followed our new Google+ page. In the brief time since we set this up, more than 400 people have added it to their circles and are following our posts. Clearly something we are doing has inspired, or at least intrigued, a good number of people here. We really appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to explore ways we can use a bit of the extra brain power we all have to help each other.

These projects will be announced on the VBT Google+ page, so be sure to add that to your circles if you have not yet done so, and also on the network we are building at http://VirtualBrainTrust.org. Some of our more advanced projects will be lauhched on that site, so please consider adding a profile there if your interest is more than casual.

It is possible this may... more »

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2011-12-07 18:40:45 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 4 +1s)

Let's build a great Resource Directory. As you know, the VBT is exploring ways we can use some of our extra "brainpower" - sometimes called the cognitive surplus, as a way to help each other - and ourselves. The primary way we are doing this is by facilitating the formation of small private teams, each dedicated to the success of an indivdual member. We think this will be our best approach, and there is good reason for this. When you try to get a large number of people working on the same project at the same time you often you just end up with a big mess.

That is not to say it is impossible though - you just have to have the proper structure set up first. That is what we are doing with the new "Resource Directory" we have built on the VBT website. Anyone who is a member there can contribute to this directory by recommending websites and this could be a... more »

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2011-12-06 00:08:55 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

I wish I were smart enough to do something like this. It is from a mostly forgotten John Travolta movie called "Phenomenon". The character Travolta plays is a mechanic who suddenly and inexplanably becomes massively intelligent. In this scene, someone who had their car repaired, needs it back but has no money. Go to the four minute mark to see how he handles the situation - it is only about 15 seconds long.

Now though I may not be smart enough to think of something like that, there are lots of smart people here. What if there were a team helping this guy? Certainly a group of people using their brain power to help someone would be at least as smart as the character Travolta plays? That is part of the idea behind the VBT. I will be posting more ways we can help soon - both on small teams and collectively, but meanwhile, I really liked this scene, and wanted you to see it.

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2011-12-02 22:23:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative - Google+ Page Announcement. I am writing this post mostly because I want to send an alert message out to the dozen people or so who have expressed interest in the VBT, but have not followed me. At least some of these people seem to be intensely interested, but because I have them in my circles, but I am not in theirs, they haven't gotten any of the announcements we have made about this group.

To rectify this situation, and to separate the VBT posts from my own profile, which has all sorts of other silly stuff, we have created a new Google+ page, and request that you add it to your circles. If you are not familiar with the VBT initiative, we are exploring ways to use our "cognitive surplus" - that extra "brain power" we all have, to help people who might need it, and to help ourselves as well. The primary way we are doing this is... more »

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2011-11-30 18:23:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

Today's Featured Member. This is the profile for Richard Reed on the Virtual Brain Trust site. He's a great guy. Currently living in Chicago, he works at a trade school where he provides assistance with job placement and resume building. He is a big believer in community and cooperating for the common good, and just recently started a group one the VBT site called "Entrepreneurs for a Better Community".

To join that group, meet Richard and other cool people like him, please consider joining the VBT site if you are at least open to the possibility of using a tiny part of your extra "brain power" to help other people, and perhaps if you would like to get some smart people to help you as well. The site is still new - needs lots of work, but we really have some incredible people there, and would like you to be one of them.

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2011-11-29 20:09:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Home Based Store. This is just around the corner from where I live. One of my neighbors, who I just met, has set up his own store in front of his apartment. This kind of thing is common in the developing world, but in the US. - not so much, except perhaps in rural areas. I'm all for it. Increasingly more and more of us aren't able to get corporate jobs, or have otherwise fallen out of the system. My neighbor's name is Eric, I didn't get to talk to him much except for asking permission for these pictures, but he is apparently also selling motorcycles that he customizes - so I assume he is doing ok. This isn't for everyone, of course, but it is another example of the new economy that is emerging and I think this is a good thing.

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2011-11-28 22:44:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative. Are you smart, but unemployed or underemployed? Having a rough time with your business or startup, or otherwise struggling in this rough economy? Having marriage. family or relationship issues, or even health problems? You are not alone.

Would you be willing to use a tiny fraction of your extra "brain power" - to help other people in the same boat, and in turn get help yourself? That is exactly what we are trying to do with the VBT, and we have gotten off to a respectable start. What we are doing is facilitating the formation of small private teams, each dedicated to the success of one of our members, and that member, in turn, volunteers on at least one team that is dedicated to the success of another member.

With this approach, we are attempting to help each of our members form their own private "think tank" with a... more »

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2011-11-28 22:13:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I just volunteered to be a part of a new group, The Virtual Brain Trust. Essentially, it's a group of volunteers who don't mind giving advice, doing a little work, etc. to assist someone else. I love it. We all have something we are good at, why not share it? So all my geeks need to definitely register--we do this all day anyway!

The Virtual Brain Trust is the brainchild of +Rob Gordon, and is very much similar to my +The Dollar Project. A little bit, from a whole lot of people, can go a long, long, way.

I think there is truly a new class/breed of people starting to emerge, I'm going to start calling them the #UWS movement. Don't confuse it with #Occupy or #OWS. #UWS stands for "United We Stand." The first half of the motto of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and something extremely true, because "United We Stand. Divided we Fall." ... more »

2011-11-28 22:05:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Master Document Index. The link below leads to the "master document index" for the VBT. We are using this as part of our "knowledge base" for this initiative. This needs some work, but is a good place to start for those who want to know some of the thinking behind the VBT, and some of its history.

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2011-11-08 02:44:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative. A series of discussions are underway on with a group of people on a private circle here on ways we can use "the cognitive surplus" to our mutual advantage. The basic idea is that we will each have individual "teams" - private and confidental and totally dedidicated to our success, and each of us, in turn, will volunteer to be on another team dedicated to the success of another member. This group should be useful here for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, small startups, or anyone just trying to deal with this extremely difficult economy. Even people who have other issues where they think a private discussion group could be of use - such as those with personal problems or marrage and family issues, or legal or financial problems. In addition, we have some people, who while things are fine for them at the moment, are volunteering to at... more »

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2011-11-08 02:28:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative

Hi Everybody! I'll bet you thought I forgot about this, didn't you? I have started a private circle for people who have expressed interest in the VBT - maybe just by hitting the +1 button on the original post I wrote about this, or one of it's shares. If you have forgottion about this please re-read, or at least skim, the long post I wrote about this at the attached link. If this is something that might interest you, please let me know and I will add you to this circle.

As I wrote there, one of the reasons the original effort was because it simply did not have enough people. The private circle I started for this is not large, only has about 40 people so far but I do think many more people expressed interest. When I went back to compile this list, I was shocked to find Google hadn't put a working search into this product. They have... more »

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2011-11-08 02:23:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative

Friends, I wish to announce that I am considering a relaunch of the Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative or something like it, and would like to again throw this idea out to the universe, or at least to "the crowd". This is longish, but I have been hinting it is coming, and would appreciate your finding the time to read it, if it is something that might interest you.

The Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative was an initiative, first conceived in the early days of Google Buzz, as a way of helping all of us bootstrap our lives, careers or business. The idea was really quite simple. Imagine for a minute you were completely broke and really down on your luck, or otherwise in a really difficult situation. For many of you, I know, there is no need to "imagine" this. Now imagine something else. Suppose that while you were still broke, or... more »

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