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We-Think: Mass Innovation, Not Mass Production

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Society is no longer based on mass consumption but on mass participation. New forms of collaboration - such as Wikipedia and YouTube - are paving the way for an age in which people want to be players, rather than mere spectators, in the production process. In the 1980s, Charles Leadbeater's prescient book, In Search of Work, anticipated the growth of flexible employment. N ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2009 by Profile Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Crisa Valadez
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psych
In writing We-Think, Charles Leadbetter proposed a question to our generation: why not use technology for innovation and creativity instead of consumption? This book made me realize how much time I actually waste on social media, not really contributing to anything. I think that anyone with a facebook or twitter should definitely read this book. Unlike most other adults, Leadbetter doesn't chastise us for being incompetent; rather he admires and praises our technological innovations, just not th ...more
Samyuktha jayaprakash
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Utopian? Optimistic albeit a bit outdated. Some sounds ludicrous but maybe that's how revolutionaries first sounded. A bit too vague with too any synonyms used to cover pages. 3.5/5

Well researched with rich examples

Finally a healthy look on youngsters and the social network

Overall an interesting read but a bit too vague at times.
Refine Lubis
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this book for the second time. I don't mind reading this again and again. I love this quote from Charles Leadbeater : "We think therefore we are, we share what we are".

With the open communication tool such as internet which branch out to so many different platform, facebook, twitter, blogs, youtube, myspace, linkedin, instagram, secondlife, wikipedia, quora etc etc even goodreads, we can clearly see what type of person behind the screen from what they are sharing online. In this
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Evelyn
I read this for some basic research info and stats about the early days of the internet, and the boom in people starting to use social media platforms (it's quite dated now, but fine as a starting point). In We Think, Leadbeater makes some good points on the many positive aspects of sharing and collaborating with one another via the internet, highlighting greater freedom of speech (well for some of us in select countries anyway) and elements of mass participation across different age and race gr ...more
Jesse Biroscak
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book on the Sharing Economy doesn't disappoint. I found myself dog-earing and note-taking throughout. There are many lessons and macro concepts that would serve anyone (experts, too!) interested in the burgeoning p2p / sharing / collaborative economies. I re-read many of the sections and will likely do so again in the future.

For experts, some of it is basic, but there are a TON of interesting concepts that will no doubt enhance your perception of the Sharing Economy and give you ideas on h
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Kotryna
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting read about new economy model that sums up to "you are what you share" conclusion. Though the author leans to the optimistic approach to sharing ideas (mostly through web), he still manages to include some criticism to his own ideas into the book, which gives it a bit more depth. Unfortunately, the author almost misses the point that sharing an idea, patent, copyright and so forth should be the decision of the author - an individual - not the faceless mass of activists surrounding ...more
Lydia
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serious-studying
Very interesting.
This book is one part inovative, pioneering vision for the future and one part scarily accurate prophetic media! It's a little dated now (well it was published nine years ago!) so it has to be taken in context but so much of it still rings true. Some of it has already happened (e.g. politics taking place entirely on social media!!) but some is yet to be realised. I don't agree with all his (their?) ideas about the need for mass-collaboration but it's an interesting idea especial
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Andrew Thompson
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating and entertaining book which provides a clear overview of how and why the ethos of mass sharing and creativity has arisen. Of course, it's inextricably linked with the rise and adoption of the Internet and its associated technologies, but the author never gets bogged down in the technical details of how the web etc work. This book is a celebration of how people use these technologies to enhance their lives and how they are changing the world we and our descendants will live in. My r ...more
Nathanael Coyne
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-related
Charles introduces the topic of mass collaboration and the potential of the Internet with a balanced view of both the good and ‘evil’ side of the Internet. I say potential because the author also infers that as with previous inventions we haven’t yet realised what the Internet is capable of and are still in the honeymoon/novelty phase.

It’s not that Charles is refusing to choose a side but rather he makes the case that the Internet is merely a catalyst. The Internet is neither good or evil (it is
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Bookaholic
Charles Leadbeater a scris cartea asta într-un mod neconvenţional. Când a strâns suficient material, l-a postat pe un site de pe care putea fi downloadat, comentat şi modificat de toţi cei interesaţi de subiect. În prefaţă, spune că la prima vedere există cel puţin două motive pentru care un scriitor n-ar trebui să facă aşa ceva.

Primul: dacă există o versiune gratuită, de ce s-ar mai cumpăra apoi cartea? (Se pare că experienţa infirmă temerea asta. Dacă mare parte din textul unei cărţi e pe net,
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Viktor Zakharchenko
Книга тяжело идет в начальной части, н ок средине берет уже достойный темп. Лидбитер размышляет о том, чем же совместное творчество (под брендом we think) является сейчас, какие пути развития и куда все это безумие вокруг Интернета и мобильной связи приведет человечество. Прогнозы хоть и претендуют на авторство "Капитана очевидность", не отдают явным абсурдом и фантазией ни о чем. Труд в формате "Да? Я так и думал!"
Peter Collingridge
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting book about how the web may change the way people organised themselves in society, business, science, politics etc, with ideas being shared rather than kept private and control by patents and copyrights. It has some interesting ideas and manages not to be overly optimistic. My main criticism is that it is poorly referenced with several claims made and studies referred to without a footnote to find them.
Martinxo
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, web
I became bored of this book quite quickly. Leadbeater makes some good points about the power of sharing information, open source, collaboration and communities but he goes on a bit and a bit more.

The major fault with this book is the author seems to think we are going to continue living in a growth economy, one that thrives on never ending supplies of oil. On both counts this is highly unlikely, Leadbetter needs to get his head out of the sand and take a look around.
Ellen
The partner read for this is Maverick by Ricardo Semler showing what can be done with work practices. We think highlights the need for traditional workspaces to change, in order to Forster greater innovation and creativity. While this book is four years old, there are still some useful examples to consider.
Aidan
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in innovation
Great insight into the thinking behind many modern day projects like Linux and Wikipedia, without getting jargonist in the least. Gives a good analysis of the creative structures that grow to develop such projects and the hierarchy involved. Anyone interested in modern business, communications, or innovations in the way society develops will enjoy this book.
Pedro Plassen
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: society
(mass) Collaboration and sharing applied to various contexts. From software development to politics, from companies' organization to small communities' development.
At times the justification of using the sharing model as The Solution seems a bit forced and not thoroughly founded. A not very inspiring book.
Heather Shaw
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the old economy, you were what you owned. In the Web economy, you are what you share. That, plus most people will share (for nothing) based on the possibility of recognition were the most interesting points. Great opening chapters also about "I Love Bees" and Wikipedia.
Charissa
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I didn't read it cover-to-cover, in fact I jumped around quite a bit and probably finished really reading about 60%. It has some good ideas, but most of it is really common sense, in my opinion. Maybe it's just slightly outdated already? Anyway, for a 1 euro book it was still definitely worth it ;)
Ed
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-strategy
A compelling prologue to the predicted incoming age of mass innovation. Written by Leadbeater and 257 co-contributors.
Terhi Pennanen
"Organisations exist to get the work done. Any succesfull organisation must do three things well: motivate, co-ordinate, innovate."
Martin Willoughby
If you want to know how the web operates and get an insight into how it could evolve, this is for you.
Dave Harte
bored me to death
Adam Procter
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: total-books
http://mad.beds.ac.uk/nmrg/?p=173
Not my review but Gavins Review
Gemma Williams
Very interesting but probably a lot longer than it needed to be. Some points seemed to drag and some were repeated. Worth reading if you have a lot of time
Suzanne
Read as review copy for the journal Prometheus. Despite its title, this did turn out to be a more interesting read than I had anticipated.
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Charles Webster Leadbeater (/ˈlɛdˌbɛtər/; 16 February 1854 – 1 March 1934) was an influential member of the Theosophical Society, author on occult subjects and co-initiator with J. I. Wedgwood of the Liberal Catholic Church.

Originally a priest of the Church of England, his interest in spiritualism caused him to end his affiliation with Anglicanism in favour of the Theosophical Society, where he be
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