I’ve just come across the ARS Technica review of Clay Shirky’s book ‘Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations’. The tagline for the book could be summed up in the initial quote “Communications tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring,”.
Clay makes the point that we’ve been using wikis and similar social technology for a number of years, but that they really haven’t changed the world. On the other hand, when this technology develops to the point that the technology becomes boring, the non-geeks pick it up and use it for much more interesting things.
If you’re interested in this area - I’d also suggest watching the 15 minute talk Clay gave at TED@state.
The reviews on Amazon look pretty good, and as someone that’s very interested in how the workforce will change as we all start to embed Enterprise 2.0-type technologies into our workforce; I plan to get hold of a copy soon.
- UK: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
- US: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations