Top-down to loosely coordinated: institutions vs collaboration

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

How to gather pictures of the Mermaid Parade, a very esoteric event a Coney Island? Classic answer would be to form an institution. This takes management, structure, and costs; it’s gong to be limited because you can’t afford everything. You also create a professional class, photographers.

On the other hand, you might leave the individuals where they are. Have them tag (label) photos they upload to an online photo service (Flickr). You arrange the coordination in the group. You can’t control things but it doesn’t cost much.

Flickr replaced planning with coordination. (Like when you got your mobile phone.) Now you can decide as you go.

Consider Open Source. Sparks of genius way out on the long tail can make a change that improves Linux forever. This should put institutions like Microsoft into cardiac arrest.

Blogs are an example of mass amateurization. Are bloggers journalists? It doesn’t matter. That’s the wrong question.

Once the infrastructure becomes generically available, the logic of the support group is revealed to be accessible to anyone, negative and well as possible.

This is a revolution because there’s a change in equilibrium. The printing press kicked off 200 years of chaos. This time: maybe 50 years in which loosely coordinated groups gain high leverage. Since we can see this coming, we might as well get good at it.

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Implementing eLearning

Implementing eLearning

by Jay Cross and Lance Dublin

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: ASTD Press (October 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562863339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562863333

How To:

Manage the Change to E-Learning
Successfully Market to Learners
Create an Implementation Strategy

Strategy, marketing, and implementation are key to a successful deployment of e-learning. I am pleased to see a new book that addresses the nitty gritty of how to actually implement e-learning in an organization. This is a book that will save dollars and headaches. –Elliott Masie, President, The MASIE Center and The e-Learning CONSORTIUM

Beyond getting the technology right and offering high quality courseware, much work remains to be done if we want our e-learning efforts to be more than a short-term ‘flash-in-the-pain.’ This book clearly shows why a successful and sustainable e-learning approach must consider issues of strategy, culture, communication, and change management. –Marc J. Rosenberg, Senior Director, DiamondCluster International

This book is a balanced, honest look at the realities of achieving what e-learning promises, but seldom delivers. Implementing E-Learning offers lessons from the ‘trenches’ that can boost your chances of success by focusing your attention on the well constructed implentation strategy the authors provide. –Daryl R. Conner, CEO of ODR


“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood.” Daniel H. Burnham

Change Management 101 by Fred Nichols

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Informal Learning

Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance

Jay Cross

ISBN: 0-7879-8169-9, 320 pages.

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The Social Life of Information

The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown & Paul Duguid argues that the medium is not the message. The world is not binary, things exist (and persist) for a reason, and you can’t separate content from its container without losing something in the process. “Generations of videoconferencing are still far from capturing the essence of a firm handshake or a straight look in the eye.” In 1938, the New York Times predicted that typewriters would make the pencil obsolete.

“Computer scientists have a tendency to count “1, 2, 3, one million,…,” as if scale were insignificant once the first steps were taken.”

“The more cavalier futurists sometimes appear to work with a magical brand of computer not available to the rest of us. It’s hard to believe that if they had to deal with the inexplicable crashed, data corruption, incompatibilities, buggy downloads, terrifying error messages, and power outages that are standard fare for most, they could remain quite so confident about the ease of hot desking and home working.”

“The desire to show that with a computer one person can do everything may look not forward, but back to the stage in social evolution before anyone noticed the advantages of the division of labor.”

First three chapters of Social Life… from First Monday

“Coming away with a degree is much better than wearing a T-shirt saying ‘college of the streets’ or ‘university of hard knocks.'”

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Clay Shirky

Group action just got easier. Ridiculously easy group forming.
Social impact takes place when the technology gets boring.

Sharing, conversation, collaboration, collective action
In order of increasing coordination Continue Reading »

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The Power of Intuition by Gary Klein

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