Tonight I attended a presentation by Marc Canter (he invented this little web technology called Flash/Shockwave). He has a new project called Digital City which he describes as "workforce automation through social networking". Its a cool concept, where those who have skills (the haves) sign up to volunteer time to mentor folks who need to learn that skill (the have nots) and for your time and effort you get points to be used for items from any number of corporate sponsors. Also you can yourself learn a new skill as say someone who gets mentoring for computers may be an expert photographer and offers to volunteer some of their time for mentoring aspiring students of photography.
I will post some photos from the event in the AM as well as any updates to the information I get on this project. I am quite interested and there are two textbooks Mr. Canter wrote on the subject and is using to teach a course at Case Western Reserve University (books available for free at http://courseware.case.edu)