Last week, the media watched closely as Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, laid off its entire staff. Preceded by a history of financial instability and a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island, a company-wide email on May 24 left more than 350 people jobless. Help Gets Hashtagged Amid the fury of bad news, however, a digital community quickly arose in hopes of finding 38 Studios’ staffers new jobs in the gaming industry. Almost immediately, a #38jobs hashtag appeared on the social web, tagging tweets of encouragement and career opportunities. Not long after, tech industry writer Alex Rubens (@alexrubens) pulled together a public google doc filled with hundreds of gaming gig listings from all over the country.

This week, the #38jobs community continues to grow with announcements of recruiting events especially for the former 38 Studios team:

And some good news from some former 38-ers on finding their next gig:

#38jobs resources began popping up elsewhere on other social platforms too, including a Facebook page curated by Detroit-based entrepreneur Dalibor Dimovski (@kewlrats), where gaming companies and hiring managers have been posting open positions: And on Springpad, where viewers can search, save, comment and collaborate on geo-tagged opportunities at nearly 100 game production companies throughout the country. Users can add positions to the list by using the tag “38jobs” on their own content: It’s not hard to harness the power of the web to find information about jobs and careers — enter LinkedIn — but the insta-community that has rallied around the unexpected career needs of  the 38 Studios team lends insight to the true value of social tools to solve real problems. Collaborative Social Solutions Social curation and collaboration tools are changing the way we find information and take action. The immediate rise of the #38jobs community on multiple platforms not only shows that working as a group to share information is easier than ever, but also that it has become integral to the way we think about problem solving online. When previously we may have looked to influencers or professionally aggregated resources to find information, we now leverage social tools to find and build communities of people like us who have the knowledge or resources we need. When hit with a tough question we turn to Quora. When working on a new project we raise money with Kickstarter. And when faced with an unexpected, urgent problem like the team at 38 Studios, we rally around a tag across multiple platforms to uncover the best forum for a solution. As our sharing barriers are lowered and technology makes in increasingly easier to snap into community action, it’s certain we will continue to see knowledge sharing influence the way we make decisions and affect the way we solve critical problems. When it comes to the crowd, collaboration is the new influencer.