Shirky picks up where he left off from "Here Comes Everybody," describing in finer grain the behaviours underlying the results of specific collectiveShirky picks up where he left off from "Here Comes Everybody," describing in finer grain the behaviours underlying the results of specific collective actions that have been powered by social media. His writing reads like a field guide for makers in the space, highlighting potential potholes in thinking, making it invaluable reading for those wondering how the opportunity presented by social media can be channeled towards civic action and innovation.
It's very interesting to read this book at the same time as Daniel Pink's "Drive", as both authors use the same research/evidence and general points to contribute to their arguments on different-but-related things. In Pink's case, it's to talk about how a redefining and shift in perspective on motivation can and has restructured the workplace and its relationship to individuals and paying work. In Shirky's case, it's talking about how it is restructuring individuals, their identities as autonomous citizens, and how social media enables collaboration, cooperation and coordination as such....more
Innes and Booher's concept of collaborative rationality passes a "sniff test" through the combination of both effectively describing the hard-to-pin-dInnes and Booher's concept of collaborative rationality passes a "sniff test" through the combination of both effectively describing the hard-to-pin-down quality of processes that work, and appropriately diagnosing the issues of those processes that seem to have all the right pieces but fail in the end. It has become my go-to book when I need to start down the path of topics like local knowledge, role playing and bricolage, networked power, and the eloquent DIAD model. There are a couple of statements that prompt the raising of an eyebrow or two — while pulling together a lot of interrelated good ideas, it's not perfect, but it's the best start I've seen to describing a realistic, 21st century practice incorporating what we know about systems in general....more