From The Next Web: Freelance Writing Marketplace Continues Growing Its Network

Looking for freelance writing jobs? has recently announced it has raised over $4.5 million dollars to help accelerate the growth of its network. Currently, Scripted has over 80,000 writers using their network to find freelance work and all of them are based in the US.

Started in May 2011, Scripted was originally Scripped, a screenwriting software company. That year in November, though, it had officially changed its name to Scripted. The way it works is companies looking for someone to write a tweet, blog post, or even digital copy piece can visit and hire out someone with prices ranging from $2.00 to $299. Writers must first apply with the website in order to sign up and start accessing freelance jobs. Scripted also competes with two other major freelance marketplaces: Contently and Servio.

Source: The Next Web

From Open Culture: “Amanda Palmer’s Tips for Being an Artist in the Rough-and-Tumble Digital Age”

Amanda Palmer – internet darling, rock star, and keynoter at this year’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference. This video captures her keynote address in it’s entirety, where she drops words of wisdom on pursuing writing, art, and more broadly, work you’re passionate about. Palmer’s delivery is warm and lulling, making it’s 30 minutes float by, dropping nuggets like: “If you’re brave, you can yell down into the marketplace and find your friends in the crowd that will resonate with you, without permission from on high. Because anything you write in any format can change somebody, can change an opinion, can scratch an opening in a scarred up heart.”

“Connecting The Dots” – Amanda Palmer talks art & controversy @ Grub Muse conference from Grub Street on Vimeo.

A Stop Motion Film for Book Lovers from Spike Jonze

Folks who love the texture and weight of a book in your hands, the telling but not too telling artwork, are going to love this short film from Spike Jonze and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan. The pair took 6 months to write the script, cut 3,000 pieces of felt to create this beautiful stop-motion film set in Paris’ legendary bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on

Want more? Have a look at the Making Of too.

From The Next Web: Uruguay’s One Laptop per Child Program

The Next Web recently took a look at the impact of Uruguay’s One Laptop per Child program, which started in 2007 and reached full implementation in 2009. Through Plan Ceibal, Uruguay was the first country in the world to give XO-1 laptops, or “ceibalitas”, to every primary school student in the country. That’s 350,000 laptops for students, and 16,000 for teachers.

The Next Web digs into a couple of new reports published on the project focusing on cost, implementation, teacher development, and impact on Uruguay’s burgeoning tech sector. Since implementation, students are not just using their laptops in school, but also at home and with their families. What stood out to me the most was the lack of teacher development in building curriculum that uses the ceibalitas to their fullest potential. This led to the laptops being underutilized in the classroom.

This post reminds me of Cindy Selfe’s book, Technology and Literacy in the 21st Century, which looked at computer literacy implementation in the United States that eventually led to the US being a leader in technological development and manufacturing. Selfe’s book delves into the social impact of this movement in the US, which is lacking in this post from The Next Web. However, as the OLPC initiative continues to expand there are significant lessons to be learned from its impact in places it’s currently active.